Biden Takes On Sagging Safety Net With Plan to Fix Long-Term Care
The proposal to spend $400 billion over eight years faces political challenges and a funding system not designed for the burden it has come to bear. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eduardo Porter Tags: Elder Care Wages and Salaries Labor and Jobs Home Health Care Medicaid Biden, Joseph R Jr Elderly Disabilities Health Insurance and Managed Care Source Type: news

5 Health Care Jobs on the Rise
Occupations in the industry are increasingly in demand because of an aging population and longer life spans. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kerry Hannon Tags: Medicine and Health Labor and Jobs Home Health Care Therapy and Rehabilitation Accreditation Nursing Homes United States Economy Health Insurance and Managed Care Elder Care Nursing and Nurses Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Massage Hospic Source Type: news

Monogram Health adds former CMS Administrator Seema Verma to board
As the CMS chief, Verma oversaw a budget of more than $1.3 trillion and health insurance coverage of more than 140 million Americans, while also sitting on the White House Covid-19 Task Force. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 13, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

Health insurance API developer Vericred closes $23M Series B round
The company plans to use the funds to grow its staff and expand its product line.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - April 13, 2021 Category: Information Technology Tags: Investing, Business Source Type: news

California re-opens enrollment for health insurance coverage
California has re-opened enrollment for its state health insurance exchange (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Allina, HealthPartners ink new value-based care agreement
The agreement between Allina and HealthPartners' health plan arm will shift health insurance payouts to emphasize goals such as avoiding hospital readmittance and improving preventative care. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - April 12, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Carrigan Miller Source Type: news

For immigrants, IDs prove to be a barrier to a dose of protection
Immigrants have been turned away from pharmacies and other places after being asked for driver’s licenses, Social Security numbers or health insurance cards — documentation required by neither states nor the federal government but often requested at vaccination sites around the country (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Akilah Johnson Source Type: news

ACA slowed healthcare out-of-pocket spending growth, study says
The Affordable Care Act has slowed increases in out-of-pocket costs for those with health insurance coverage under the law by about 80%, an analysis published Friday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oscar Health teams with Cigna on health insurance for California's small businesses
Health insurers Oscar Health Inc. and Cigna Corp. have partnered on providing affordable health insurance for small businesses. The Cigna + Oscar plan will be available in California's Bay Area, Central Coast, Greater Sacramento, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County, North Bay and San Diego regions. Cigna (NYSE: CI) and New York-based Oscar Health (NYSE: OSCR) said California small businesses with between one and 100 employees will have access to unique services driven by the combination… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 8, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: I-Chun Chen Source Type: news

Oscar Health teams with Cigna on health insurance for California's small businesses
Health insurers Oscar Health Inc. and Cigna Corp. have partnered on providing affordable health insurance for small businesses. The Cigna + Oscar plan will be available in California's Bay Area, Central Coast, Greater Sacramento, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County, North Bay and San Diego regions. Cigna (NYSE: CI) and New York-based Oscar Health (NYSE: OSCR) said California small businesses with between one and 100 employees will have access to unique services driven by the combination… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 8, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: I-Chun Chen Source Type: news

More than a half million Americans gain coverage under Biden
The government says more than a half million Americans have already taken advantage of the Biden administration’s special health insurance sign-up window that's keyed to the COVID-19 pandemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Cancer Diagnoses Jump at 65 Years When Medicare Kicks In Cancer Diagnoses Jump at 65 Years When Medicare Kicks In
An abrupt jump in cancer diagnoses at the age of 65 in the US suggests that people are not seeking medical care until they are eligible for Medicare health insurance.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - April 7, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

UnitedHealth Group Taps New Head Of Health Insurance Business
UnitedHealth Group Wednesday elevated an insider to lead its $200 billion UnitedHealthcare health insurance business, which is the nation's largest. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 7, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Business /business Decision Maker Content decisionmaker Editors' Pick editors-pick pharma Source Type: news

Buying Your Own Health Insurance Just Got Way Less Expensive
TUESDAY, April 6, 2021 -- Tens of millions of Americans will find it substantially more affordable to buy their own health insurance starting this month, thanks to generous financial help included in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) signed by... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 6, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

New Utah law requires fathers to pay 50 percent of pregnancy costs
The bill will apply to “pregnancy-related medical costs” and health insurance premiums. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Inequality in health: the correlation between poverty and injury-a comprehensive analysis based on income level in Taiwan: a cross-sectional study - Huang SH, Hsing SC, Sun CA, Chung CH, Tsao CH, Chung RJ, Wang BL, Huang YC, Chien WC.
Is income still an obstacle that influences health in Taiwan, the National Health Insurance system was instituted in 1995? After collecting injured inpatient data from the health insurance information of nearly the whole population, we categorized the case... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Doctors Sue UnitedHealthcare
A multistate group of anesthesiologists filed cases in Texas and Colorado, accusing the insurance giant of squeezing them like a “boa constrictor.” (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reed Abelson Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Doctors Suits and Litigation (Civil) Anesthesia and Anesthetics Hospitals US Anesthesia Partners Inc UnitedHealth Group Inc Colorado Texas your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Doctors Accuse UnitedHealthcare of Stifling Competition
A multistate group of anesthesiologists filed cases in Texas and Colorado, accusing the insurance giant of squeezing them like a “boa constrictor.” (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reed Abelson Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Doctors Suits and Litigation (Civil) Anesthesia and Anesthetics Hospitals US Anesthesia Partners Inc UnitedHealth Group Inc Colorado Texas your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

One of Ohio ’s largest health insurance firms names new Cincinnati VP
Medical Mutual of Ohio, a Cleveland-based health and life insurance company, has added to its leadership team in the Greater Cincinnati region. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 1, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Liz Engel Source Type: news

Billions in New Obamacare Subsidies Are Now Available on Healthcare.gov
Nearly everyone with a marketplace health plan can seek more financial help. Many uninsured Americans and people who buy their insurance elsewhere can also benefit. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Federal Aid (US) HealthCare.gov Source Type: news

Mantra Health's $2M extension will help expand its college mental health offering across the US
The virtual care startup will also look to accept additional health insurance carriers going forward. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - April 1, 2021 Category: Information Technology Tags: Investing, Health and Wellness, Behavioral health, Patient Access, Telehealth, Digital Health, Business, Care, Technology Source Type: news

Blue Cross CEO Dr. Craig Samitt to retire in May
Dr.  Craig Samitt, the CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, plans to retire on May 3, the health insurance organization said Wednesday. Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Kathleen Blatz will serve as Eagan-based Blue Cross's interim CEO starting April 1 and will work with Samitt to prov ide continuity for the organization. She was previously the insurer's interim CEO in 2018 before Samitt was hired later that year. "The Board of Trustees of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 31, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Carrigan Miller Source Type: news

How Health Care Became the Big Industry in Steel City
Pittsburgh ’s once strong unions are part of the answer, Gabriel Winant explains in his book “The Next Shift,” but the change hasn’t come without complications. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Szalai Tags: Books and Literature Health Insurance and Managed Care Labor and Jobs Black People Steel and Iron Factories and Manufacturing Pittsburgh (Pa) Winant, Gabriel The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt Ame Source Type: news

‘It Felt Like Deception’: An Elite NYC Hospital Charges Huge Virus Test Fees
Insurers are stuck with the big bills from Lenox Hill, but the public ultimately pays through higher premiums. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Tests (Medical) Lenox Hill Hospital Emergency Medical Treatment Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Hospitals Health Insurance and Managed Care Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Source Type: news

FAQ: Highmark Health's stadium naming rights deal with the Buffalo Bills
Sports fans and health insurance members have questions about the Buffalo Bills' new naming rights deal with Highmark Health Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York for the Orchard Park stadium. Here are some of the answers. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 30, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Pediatrician provides a voice for youth traumatized by family separation
Growing up in Brentwood,Dr. Elizabeth Barnert was raised to be acutely aware of two versions of Los Angeles — one of privilege and one of social injustice.Her psychiatrist father instilled in his daughter a love of science and big-picture thinking. Her mother, who fled Castro ’s Cuba alone at 15, worked as a social worker counseling troubled high-school students, many of them first-generation Americans who butted heads with their immigrant parents over issues like cultural identity and gangs.“My father took me to the library every Saturday and taught me the importance of life-long learning,” said Ba...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 29, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Health insurance firm Spring Venture Group to fill dozens of Orlando jobs by summer
The office will be the company's first here. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 29, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ryan Lynch Source Type: news

Health insurance firm Spring Venture Group to fill dozens of Orlando jobs by summer
The office will be the company's first here. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 29, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ryan Lynch Source Type: news

Covid-19 vaccination talk: Regence exec on joining Biden ’s program to close the equity gap (podcast)
The president has promised all Americans will be able to get the Covid-19 vaccine by May. However, as the demand for the vaccine continues to increase so do the challenges to vaccinate the nation ’s vulnerable and underserved communities. In an effort to close the equity gap, the Biden administration recently formed the Vaccine Community Connectors program – a collaboration between the White House and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 29, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Regence Source Type: news

Covid-19 vaccination talk: Regence exec on joining Biden ’s program to close the equity gap (podcast)
The president has promised all Americans will be able to get the Covid-19 vaccine by May. However, as the demand for the vaccine continues to increase so do the challenges to vaccinate the nation ’s vulnerable and underserved communities. In an effort to close the equity gap, the Biden administration recently formed the Vaccine Community Connectors program – a collaboration between the White House and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 29, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Regence Source Type: news

Cigna admits to being a racist health insurance company that discriminates against white men
(Natural News) One of the nation’s largest health insurance providers is being exposed for actively discriminating against white males in both its hiring process and overall company culture. Cigna has reportedly been telling its white employees to check their “privilege” and stop using terms like “wife” or “husband,” which is considered “racist.” Cigna also tries... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biden Expands'Obamacare' by Cutting Health Insurance Costs Biden Expands'Obamacare' by Cutting Health Insurance Costs
Biden's COVID-19 relief law pumps up Obamacare premium subsidies to address long-standing problems of affordability, particularly for people with middle-class incomes.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - March 25, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comments on the re-establishment of a matching program between CMS and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) titled "Verification of Eligibility for Minimum Essential Coverage Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Through a Veterans Health Administration Plan." This program will provide CMS with VHA data which CMS and state-based administering entities will use to determine individuals' eligibility for financial assistance in paying for private health insurance coverage and to determine t...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - March 25, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Anthem Inc. buys Brentwood-based MyNexus
MyNexus is the third local health care firm to be purchased by a health insurance company since May and at least the fourth since 2018. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

Biden expands 'Obamacare' by cutting health insurance costs
President Joe Biden is pledging that his $1.9 trillion rescue package will build on the promise of the Affordable Care Act (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

ACA's Reach Surges With 200,000 New Signups, More States Involved
TUESDAY, March 23, 2021 -- More than 200,000 Americans signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act during the first two weeks of an open enrollment period created by President Joe Biden. That response shows that people who lost... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Biden to talk up health insurance cost cuts in visit to Ohio
President Joe Biden is going to Ohio to showcase health insurance cost cuts at what may be the best time for Democrats to talk up the Affordable Care Act since it became law (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Remember the Healthcare.gov Debacle? Its Legacy Haunts the Biden Plan.
The stimulus bill spends billions to help more Americans buy Obamacare plans. But getting those dollars will take some work, and some waiting. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - March 23, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz and Sarah Kliff Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care HealthCare.gov Stimulus (Economic) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) American Rescue Plan (2021) Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions Source Type: news

Medicaid expansion made mouths healthier, study finds
(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) As the pandemic's economic effects drive more people to enroll in Medicaid as safety-net health insurance, a new study suggests that the program's dental coverage can improve their oral health in ways that help them seek a new job or do better at the one they have. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Digital Health Startup Ro Raised $500 Million At $5 Billion Valuation
The cash pay company looks to offer a full stack primary care solution in lieu of traditional health insurance, including pharmacy distribution and in-home diagnostics. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katie Jennings, Forbes Staff Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Venture Capital /venture-capital Editors' Pick editors-pick Source Type: news

Employee-benefits expert warns that remote workers' health insurance and benefits may not travel with them
“I think we’re just on the cusp of more fire drills, which have gone from the executive level down to everybody,” a benefits expert said of company health plans not fully covering remote workers where they are based. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 22, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Mark Calvey Source Type: news

Employee-benefits expert warns that remote workers' health insurance and benefits may not travel with them
“I think we’re just on the cusp of more fire drills, which have gone from the executive level down to everybody,” a benefits expert said of company health plans not fully covering remote workers where they are based. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 22, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Mark Calvey Source Type: news

Highmark sees operating revenue climb in 2020
While AHN saw an operating loss, the Pittsburgh-based organization's health insurance and diversified businesses saw strength. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

How Complexity Could Mar Rollout of the New Obamacare Subsidies
The stimulus bill spends billions to help more Americans buy affordable health insurance. But getting those dollars will take some work, and some waiting. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - March 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz and Sarah Kliff Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care HealthCare.gov Stimulus (Economic) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) American Rescue Plan (2021) Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions Source Type: news

A New Market Emerges: Some Apartments Are Now Offering Tenants Healthcare Coverage
The health insurance market is worth billions of dollars-- and is ripe for disruption. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 20, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sai Balasubramanian, J.D., Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Business /business Source Type: news

Evaluating the impact of intensive case management for severe vocational injuries on work incapacity and costs - Leiva R, Rochaix L, Kiefer N, Dupont JCK.
This study investigates the impact of an intensive case management program on sick leave days, permanent work incapacity levels and treatment costs for severe vocational injuries set up by the French National Insurance Fund in five health insurance... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Oral Health Should be a Development Priority
Photo by Bekky Bekks on Unsplash By Adekemi AdeniyanEKITI, Nigeria, Mar 19 2021 (IPS) The mouth is a barometer of social inequities — it reflects the injustices in our society. As George Cuvier, an 18th century naturalist said: “Show me your teeth, and I will tell you who you are”. To me, as a dentist, the mouth is like a microscope that reveals more than just tooth decay. It exposes us to a world where people lack access to water, health, quality education and live on low income. So, when the FDI World Dental Federation unveils a “Be Proud of Your Mouth” campaign for World Oral Health Day (W...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Adekemi Adeniyan Tags: Africa Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Blue Cross settlement could be game changer for health insurance market
A long-running lawsuit against Blue Cross is nearing its end. Experts say it could shake up the Alabama insurance market. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 19, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

Critics: Doctor's note for vaccine unfairly penalizing poor
Critics in Florida say a doctor’s signature required for some people to get vaccinated is adding onerous barriers for some eligible residents, especially low-income or minority people who may not have health insurance or access to a primary care doctor (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Subscriber Base for Health Insurance Hits Over 10,2 Million - NHIS
[This Day] Over ten million Nigerians have now subscribed to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news