Trump administration sued over Georgia health plan
 A federal lawsuit says Georgia’s plan to overhaul how state residents buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act would “tear a hole” in the ACA (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Sokoto Receives N518m Govt Health Intervention Fund in 2020 - NHIs Boss
[Vanguard] The Federal Government disbursed N518 million to Sokoto State Government in 2020 as National Healthcare Intervention Fund aimed at enhancing the lives of vulnerable persons in the society, Dr Nasir Sambo, the Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 15, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Chicago health benefits startup ThreeFlow raises $8M
ThreeFlow, a Chicago startup that ’s simplifying how employers choose health insurance plans for their workers, raises $8 million. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 14, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Katherine Davis Source Type: news

California forces insurance companies to pay for sex organ mutilation in gender-confused teens
(Natural News) While millions of Americans with health insurance are still having to pay out of pocket for necessary dental procedures that are considered to be “cosmetic,” and thus not covered, California is rolling out the red carpet for gender dysphoric teens to get their sex organs sliced off for “free.” California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global health insurance card to replace EHIC under new rules
UK residents can apply for the new card to access emergency medical care when their EHIC card runs out. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Illinois: First to Extend Health Coverage to Undocumented Seniors Illinois: First to Extend Health Coverage to Undocumented Seniors
Amid a deadly virus outbreak that has disproportionately stricken Latino communities, Illinois recently became the first state to provide public health insurance to all low-income noncitizen seniors.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - January 7, 2021 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

With New Majority, Here ’s What Democrats Can (and Can’t) Do on Health Care
Senate control opens up new possibilities, but the party will still need to contend with arcane rules and the challenges of a narrow majority. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 7, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Law and Legislation Health Insurance and Managed Care Medicare Medicaid United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

CMS Issues New Roadmap for States to Address the Social Determinants of Health to Improve Outcomes, Lower Costs, Support State Value-Based Care Strategies
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to state health officials describing how to adopt strategies that address the social determinants of health (SDOH) in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Discusses how SDOH exacerbate health disparities among a variety of populations, including rural communities, and the guidance aims to help states improve population health and reduce costs. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 7, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Risk of substance use disorder among patients with autism
(JAMA Network) Researchers used health insurance data from Taiwan to investigate the risk of substance use disorder among patients with autism spectrum disorder and its associations with risk of death. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Rwanda: Govt Mulls Inclusion of Covid-19 Tests Into Health Insurance Schemes
[New Times] Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) is planning the inclusion of Covid-19 tests in different health insurance schemes, The New Times has learned. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 4, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Medicare Eligibility, Age, Qualifications And Requirements
En espa ñol | For more than 55 years, Medicare has provided health insurance to Americans 65 and older as well as to people with disabilities. ... But qualifying for the program is not automatic. ..... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - December 30, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

What to Know About Medicare Health Insurance Coverage
How the federal insurance program helps older Americans afford the health care vital to their well-being ... En espa ñol | What is Medicare? ... For more than 55 years, it's been the program that ol... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - December 30, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Increasing risks of suicide attempt and suicidal drug overdose after head trauma in patients with sleep-disordered breathing: a population-based study - Harnod D, Lin CL, Harnod T, Kao CH.
OBJECTIVE: To determine the risks of suicide attempt (SA) and suicidal drug overdose (SDO) after head trauma in patients with sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) by using the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan. METHODS: We analyze... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Obamacare, in Its First Big Test as Safety Net, Is Holding Up So Far
Job losses and the loss of insurance have typically gone hand in hand. This year, more Americans are staying covered. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 29, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz, Sarah Kliff and Quoctrung Bui Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Recession and Depression Layoffs and Job Reductions Medicaid Source Type: news

Health & Insurance: Perspectives of 2020 from Children's Minnesota, North Memorial, Hennepin Healthcare
For 2020, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal asked top local executives across all industries to reflect on the major news events that have shaped the year. Here are some of their thoughts. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 24, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Kim Johnson Source Type: news

Insurance shoppers: Plan now to trim next spring's tax bill
Some health insurance shoppers who got government assistance may receive a tax surprise next spring (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Lyft Preps Rides For 60 Million Low Income Americans To Covid-19 Vaccinations
Lyft has partnered with health insurance giant Anthem, JP Morgan Chase and the United Way to get Americans to and from Covid-19 vaccination sites. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 23, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Business /business Transportation /transportation Consumer Tech /consumer-tech Editors' Pick editors-pick Coronavirus pharma Source Type: news

Why Ambulances Are Exempt From the Surprise-Billing Ban
The welter of providers, layers of state and local regulation, and lack of information about costs made lawmakers hesitant to take up the issue. But that may change. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 22, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Ambulances Law and Legislation Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Health Insurance and Managed Care Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Source Type: news

Consumer relief: COVID bill to end 'surprise' medical bills
WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surprise Medical Bills Cost Americans Millions. Congress Finally Banned Most of Them.
Efforts to solve the common consumer problem had been stalled by lobbying pressure and legislative squabbles. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 22, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Law and Legislation Emergency Medical Treatment Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Health Insurance and Managed Care House of Representatives Senate United States Politics and Government Consumer Protection Hospitals Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘ Surprise ’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS Latest News - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

Consumer relief: COVID bill to end 'surprise' medical bills
People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise reached in Congress (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Maryland health insurance exchange sees record enrollment for 2021
The number of enrollees in 2021 Maryland-based ACA health insurance plans is the highest the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange has seen since it launched the state marketplace in 2013. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - December 21, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

Maryland health insurance exchange sees record enrollment for 2021
The number of enrollees in 2021 Maryland-based ACA health insurance plans is the highest the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange has seen since it launched the state marketplace in 2013. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 21, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

Surprise Medical Bills Cost Americans Millions. Congress Is Finally Set to Ban Most of Them.
Efforts to solve the common consumer problem had been stalled by lobbying pressure and legislative squabbles. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 21, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Law and Legislation Emergency Medical Treatment Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Health Insurance and Managed Care House of Representatives Senate Source Type: news

ACA plans prove popular as millions lose jobs, health insurance amid pandemic
Despite strong public interest, the Trump administration declines to extend enrollment period. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

'Obamacare' enrollment rising as COVID-19 pandemic deepens
Government figures out Friday show sign-ups for “Obamacare” health insurance plans are trending more than 6% higher amid surging coronavirus cases and deepening economic misery (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

December Marketplace Pulse: Prescription Drug Benefit
People shopping for health insurance in the individual market this year may find more choices. But one thing that has not changed much is the prescription drug benefit. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health - December 18, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Hempstead K Tags: Health Care Quality and Value Health Care Coverage and Access Source Type: news

Healthcare Spending Was Stable in 2019 — But Only on the Surface Healthcare Spending Was Stable in 2019 — But Only on the Surface
Spending on healthcare goods and services increased more rapidly than in 2018, but a moratorium on health insurance taxes reduced the overall growth.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Election insights: Voter priorities in the states
In the 2020 election, Americans nationwide cast their ballots withtwo major issues on their minds – the economy and coronavirus. Health care specific concerns centered on pre-existing conditions protections and rising out-of-pocket costs exacerbated by declining coverage. But how do these trends compare at the state level? (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - December 17, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nick McGee Tags: Health Insurance Out-of-Pocket Costs COVID-19 Source Type: news

The Vaccines Are Supposed to Be Free. Surprise Bills Could Happen Anyway.
“It is the American health care system, so there are bound to be loopholes.” (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 17, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (2020) Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Source Type: news

This Is the Health System That Biden Inherits From Trump
With medical spending down for the first time in decades, gains in care for the poor and vulnerable are under threat. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 16, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Hospitals Preventive Medicine Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Biden, Joseph R Jr Trump, Donald J Health Insurance and Managed Care Income Inequality Finances Source Type: news

Black Women at Higher Heart Risk During Pregnancy
  WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2020 -- Although heart problems are rare complications of pregnancy, Black women face a heightened risk -- even if they have comfortable incomes and health insurance, a new study finds. It's well established that the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 16, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

CMS Office of the Actuary Releases 2019 National Health Expenditures
The Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a report detailing national healthcare spending in 2019. Report shows total national healthcare spending in 2019 grew 4.6%, breaks down several types of spending data, including health insurance spending, hospital spending, retail prescription drug spending, and government spending. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - December 16, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Longtime CEO to retire from ProviDRs Care with replacement ready to go
Karen Cox will retire as CEO of ProviDRs Care at the end of December, concluding a 43-year career in the local health insurance industry. Cox has been ProviDRs Care's CEO since 2009, after 20 years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas and 10 years at IMA. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at ProviDRs Care as we focused on developing strong and effective health-care solutions for employers throughout the state of Kansas," Cox said. "It has been rewarding knowing that the work we do positively affects… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - December 15, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: Kirk Seminoff Source Type: news

IRS, DOL, HHS: Grandfathered Group Health Plans and Grandfathered Group Health Insurance Coverage
Pre-publication notice of final rules from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding grandfathered group health plans and grandfathered group health insurance coverage that would provide flexibility for certain plans to make changes to some cost-sharing requirements, without causing a loss of grandfather status. These rules are effective January 14, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 15, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Proposed HIPPA Overhaul to Ease Access to Patient Health Info Proposed HIPPA Overhaul to Ease Access to Patient Health Info
The HHS is proposing an overhaul of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that will make it easier to access patients'personal health information.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Proposed HIPAA Overhaul to Ease Access to Patient Health Info Proposed HIPAA Overhaul to Ease Access to Patient Health Info
The HHS is proposing an overhaul of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that will make it easier to access patients'personal health information.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - December 11, 2020 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

It ’s Not Just You: Picking a Health Insurance Plan Is Really Hard
Most Americans make poor choices. So do most professional insurance brokers, a new study finds. But robots may help. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 11, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Medicare Consumer Behavior Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Research Source Type: news

Ghana: NHIs Achieves 79 Percent Coverage in UW/R
[Ghanaian Times] Wa -- The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the Upper West Region achieved 79 per cent of its 2020 client coverage target as at September 30, 2020. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 11, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: IRS, DOL, HHS: Grandfathered Group Health Plans and Grandfathered Group Health Insurance Coverage
Pre-publication notice of final rules from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding grandfathered group health plans and grandfathered group health insurance coverage that would provide flexibility for certain plans to make changes to some cost-sharing requirements, without causing a loss of grandfather status. These rules are effective 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for December 15, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 11, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Becerra Supports ‘Medicare for All,’ and Could Help States Get There
Waivers can expand health care offerings without need for congressional approval, but the challenge will be how to pay for them. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 10, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: States (US) Health Insurance and Managed Care Becerra, Xavier Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Medicare Medicaid Biden, Joseph R Jr Source Type: news

HHS Proposes Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to Empower Patients, Improve Coordinated Care, and Reduce Regulatory Burdens
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced proposed changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. Proposed changes include strengthening individuals' rights to access their own health information, including electronic information; improving information sharing for care coordination and case management; enhancing flexibilities in emergency circumstances; and reducing administrative burdens healthcare providers. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - December 10, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Covid Testing: What You Need to Know
Long lines, slow results and inconsistent advice have left many of us confused about when and how to get tested. We talked to the experts to answer your questions. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Parker-Pope, Katherine J. Wu and Cathryn Virginia Tags: Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns Tests (Medical) Content Type: Service Masks Laboratories and Scientific Equipment Medicine and Health Health Insurance and Managed Care Protective Clothing and Gear Smell (Olfaction) Source Type: news

Impact of class-level labelling change on prescriptions of antidepressants for adolescents: an interrupted time-series study using a health insurance claims database in Japan, 2005-2013 - Ogino Y, Schmidt AJ.
This study evaluates the impact of the labelling change on AD prescriptions and Japa... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news