‘Health care reform’ Archive

Missing paperwork could lead to loss of health benefits

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Up to a half million people who signed up for insurance on federally run health exchanges could lose coverage or have to pay higher premiums because of paperwork inconsistencies, the Independent Voter Network reports. The Center’s Shana Alex Charles said some people may not have read “the fine print” or may have misrepresented themselves and … [ Read full post ]

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Bumpy path to managed care for former “dual eligibles”

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

About 450,000 frail, elderly “dual eligibles” – those who had health benefits under both Medi-Cal and Medicare – are being moved into a managed care pilot program, as outlined in a study by HOME Project director Kathryn Kietzman. But a story in New American Media says many in the program are struggling with … [ Read full post ]

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Hospital administration accounts for one-quarter of total U.S. hospital costs

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Hospital administrative costs in the U.S. account for 25.3 percent of total hospital costs, compared to 15.5 percent in England’s single-payer health care system, according to a study cited by WBUR-Boston.

The Health Affairs study looked at several countries in 2010 and found that Scotland had the smallest proportion of hospital costs going to … [ Read full post ]

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Bill proposes more consumer access to health providers

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

A proposed bill, AB2533, would allow people to go outside their health provider network at no extra cost if the provider’s network is inadequate, according to a KPCC story.

The Center’s Dylan Roby said insurers would also have to report to the state their denials of care and patient complaints, which would be … [ Read full post ]

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Medicaid patients and emergency room use

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Medicaid enrollees use emergency departments (ED) more than privately insured and uninsured patients, and the use accounts for 4 percent of all Medicaid spending, according study results published in a Medscape Medical News story.

The findings by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) also say that 10 percent of visits by adult, … [ Read full post ]

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What is an “ideal” system for long-term adult care in state?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The “ideal” long-term care program for older and disabled adult Californians would be a universal system that everyone paid into and could use regardless of income level “just like we do with Social Security or homeowners’ insurance,” said  Steven Wallace, associate director of the Center, at a state Senate select committee hearing in … [ Read full post ]

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