March healthcare news update:
Dirty little secret: Insurers actually are making a mint from Obamacare READ
For months now, headlines about the Affordable Care Act have focused on complaints from big insurers that they haven’t been making money from individual insurance plans mandated by the act… Here’s what they haven’t been saying so loudly: They’re making scads of money from Obamacare — so much that almost universally, they’re expanding their participation. What’s the catch? The big profits have come not from the insurance exchanges, but via the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, in which the largest insurers have been playing a major role.
A Voter’s Guide To The Health Law READ
Nearly six years after its enactment, the Affordable Care Act remains a hot-button issue in the presidential race — in both parties… Here is a brief guide to some things the health law has — and has not — accomplished since it was signed by President Barack Obama in 2010.
Are States Obligated To Provide Expensive Hepatitis C Drugs? READ
A handful of federal lawsuits against states that have denied highly effective but costly hepatitis C drugs to Medicaid patients and prisoners could cost states hundreds of millions of dollars. The drugs boast cure rates of 95 percent or better, compared to 40 percent for previous treatments. But they cost between $83,000 and $95,000 for a single course of treatment.
Information provided by David Stott, MedBridge Senior Contracts Consultant.