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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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 ]
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.
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 ]
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 ]