New bill would create Medicare (Part E) for all

New bill would create Medicare (Part E) for all

Medicare Part E would be available to every individual who is not already eligible for Medicare or Medicaid. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, along with Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., and Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., introduced late Friday afternoon the Choose Medicare Act, legislation that would give every individual and business the choice…

Inequities in health care coverage and access remain despite legislative gains
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Inequities in health care coverage and access remain despite legislative gains

Legislation to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health insurance coverage and improve access to care have led to some progress but continue to fall short of objectives. The Affordable Care Act helped, especially in states that expanded eligibility for their Medicaid programs. However, after 2016, coverage gains stalled and slightly eroded. Combined with job and income losses stemming…

Employers: Tie health insurance rates to vaccination status?
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Employers: Tie health insurance rates to vaccination status?

(Bloomberg Opinion) –With the highly transmissible delta variant spreading rapidly in the U.S. and COVID-19 vaccine uptake in some areas still disappointingly low, it makes sense to push every lever available to get people protected. One underused tool is the cost of health coverage. Health insurance is a significant expense for many Americans and could…

3 things your plan participants should know about the No Surprises Act
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3 things your plan participants should know about the No Surprises Act

This will be an exciting open enrollment season. For many employers, business will be again conducted in-person, and there are new consumer protections pursuant to the No Surprises Act, part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. 116-260), which will impact your health plan offering when they take effect on January 1st. While most obligations…

Spanish-speaking Americans receive one-third less care, study finds
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Spanish-speaking Americans receive one-third less care, study finds

Language barriers may lead to significant inequities in health care delivery, a new report suggests. The study, published in Health Affairs, found that Spanish-speaking Americans received about one-third less care (based on spending) as compared to patients whose primary language is English. “During 2014–18 mean annual per capita expenditures were $1,463 (35 percent) lower for Hispanic adults…