Category Archive for: ‘Blog’

Consumer Reports: Is There a Cure for High Drug Prices?

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The cost of prescription drugs for tens of millions of Americans rose $2 billion last year, and all signs point to a continued rise. At stake is nothing less than the ability of Americans to afford the medicines they need. Can we stop the madness? Read about it here.

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OPB Think out Loud: African-Americans & Health Care

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Portland State University alumnus and Harvard School of Public Health fellow Adolfo Cuevas shares the results of his study looking into mistrust of health care professionals by Portland’s African-American community. Listen to it here.

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In States Not Expanding Medicaid, Poor Are at Risk for Higher Costs, Fewer Benefits

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Low-income adults who qualify for expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but live in states that have not increased eligibility for the program are at risk of paying higher out-of-pocket costs and receiving less comprehensive insurance coverage, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study. Read about it here.  

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How Congress And The VA Left Many Veterans Without A ‘Choice’

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NPR — together with member stations from across the country — has been reporting on troubles with the Veterans Choice program, a $10 billion plan created by Congress two years ago to squash long wait times veterans were encountering when going to see a doctor. But as we reported in March, this fix needs a fix. Read about it here.

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Changes in Consumer Cost-Sharing for Health Plans Sold in the ACA’s Insurance Marketplaces, 2015 to 2016

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This brief examines changes in consumer health plan cost-sharing—deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, and out-of-pocket limits—for coverage offered in the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces between 2015 and 2016. Three of seven measures studied rose moderately in 2016, an increase attributable in part to a shift in the mix of plans offered in the marketplaces, from plans with higher actuarial value (platinum and …

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