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Trends in Hospital Inpatient Stays by Age and Payer, 2000-2015

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Presents data on hospital inpatient stays in a recent 15 year period by age group and primary payer.  During the latter part of this period, Medicaid was the top primary payer for those under 18.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Governor McAuliffe and Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Propose Joint Legislative Priorities

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Environment,Guns,Headlines,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Virginia Issues

Press release which outlines major priorities for the current and future Democratic leaders including expansion of Medicaid, universal background checks for gun purchases, reform of the absentee voting process, joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and preventing the personal use of campaign contributions.  From the Office of the Governor


Association Health Plans

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations

Proposed rules that would allow small businesses to develop alternative health insurance plans that would bypass some of the protections in the Affordable Care Act.  They would not be required to include a core set of 10 essential benefits mandated by the ACA.  From the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Labor Department


Effects of Medicare Advantage Enrollment on Beneficiary Risk Scores: Working Paper 2017-08

Categories: Elderly,Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid

Explores differences in the methods used to determine federal payments for Medicare Advantage versus Fee for Service patients and why the former are assigned higher risk scores leading to higher government payments.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Repealing the Individual Health Insurance Mandate: An Updated Estimate

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Taxes

Concludes that repealing the mandate that requires citizens to have health insurance would reduce federal budget deficits by $338 billion between 2018 and 2027, cause the number of people with health insurance to decrease by four million in 2019 and 13 million by 2027, and cause average health insurance premiums to increase by 10% in most years.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Child Well-Being: Key Considerations for Policymakers

Categories: Children,Food/Nutrition,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Housing/Homelessness,Income/Poverty,Marriage/Family

Examines what is known about the state of child well-being and discusses selected experts’ views on what policymakers could consider doing.  From the Government Accountability Office


Long-Term Trends in Health Insurance Coverage

Categories: Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Shows trends in health insurance coverage from 1968 to 2016 including number and percentage of people with coverage, type of coverage, and those uninsured.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Payments to Issuers for Cost-Sharing Reductions

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Income/Poverty

Unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act by action of Congress, the Trump Administration used the following legal opinion by Attorney General Sessions to end federal subsidy payments which enable low income citizens to buy ACA health insurance plans.   From the Health and Human Services Department


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