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LGBT consumers less likely to have insurance, Gallup finds

Individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are less likely to have health insurance compared to the non-LGBT population, according to a new Gallup survey.

Wording flaw in ACA linked to subsidy debacle

A wording flaw in the Affordable Care Act is causing outrage from many who drafted the healthcare reform law five years ago, reports the Los Angeles Times

Engage consumers to improve price transparency

Because payers and providers typically negotiate prices for healthcare services, the cost of certain procedures vary greatly, with no apparent difference in quality. Maybe it's time to bring consumers into the mix, according to a recent report from Health Affairs.

Get a good HIX compliance plan or lose money, Deloitte warns

Health plans participating in health insurance exchanges have a world of hurt coming if they fail to prepare for a complicated and changing regulatory environment--complete with tough enforcement action, a new Deloitte paper says.

Study: Higher Medicaid reimbursement leads to more cancer screenings

When Medicaid programs provide higher reimbursements for doctors' office visits, Medicaid members are more likely to receive cancer screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers, according to a study published in the journal, Cancer.

6 ways provider networks can help minorities access care

If insurers implement certain standards into their provider networks, they can help minority populations receive better care and thereby lower costs, according to a new issue brief from Families USA.

South African health minister calls on private sector to improve healthcare

South Africa's Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi wants the country's private healthcare sector to work with the government to strengthen South Africa's health system, reports City Press.

Study reveals 1 in 4 young adults lack health insurance

Twenty-four percent of young adults ages 18 to 29 lack health insurance, finds a new survey from Princeton Survey Research Associates International, commissioned by insuranceQuotes.com.

 

State HIX beat out federal marketplace for enrollment success

State health insurance exchanges (HIX) have it over on the federal government when it comes to enrollment, according to article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Proposed rule: Insurers to pay for birth control at closely held companies

The Obama administration proposed a new solution to the issue of closely held companies who object paying for certain contraceptive methods under the Affordable Care Act.

UnitedHealth's exchange presence to increase competition

Competition is about to get stiffer for insurers selling plans on many health insurance exchanges with UnitedHealthcare entering 24 states' online marketplaces with what it says will be affordable plans, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Why insurers should approach product development like start-ups

Ever need to catch a cab, but can't find one anywhere? If you need to be at your destination at a certain time, it can be a very frustrating situation. But with the creation of Uber, Lyft and...

Successful marketplaces set common standards for health plans, analysts say

Most state-run health insurance marketplaces are still stuck focusing on technical challenges, but those that want to get out front should be focusing on raising quality of care, according to a new Commonwealth Fund blog.

Has ACA strengthened appeal of employer mandate?

Despite a more-than rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act, and increasing claims that the employer-mandate is growing more unpopular, the healthcare reform law has potentially strengthened the appeal of such a provision.

County employees rise up over high insurance premiums

In Alabama, 600 employees of Mobile county government filed grievances with the Mobile County Commission this week, citing complaints of high health insurance costs, the Lagniappe Weekly reported....

Beware of lack of transparency in insurance websites

State insurance marketplaces need to improve functionality and transparency, says a new report  from the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Payer-provider relationship key to driving value-based care

Experimentation is the name of the game in a vastly complex healthcare industry. Insurers toy with new, innovative payment methods constantly, and all have a similar goal in mind: improve the quality of care while also lowering costs.

Texas struggles with citizenship glitches in ACA healthcare marketplace

Health advocates in Texas are helping the state's minority population overcome language barriers, technical issues and low awareness of who is eligible to obtain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

3 steps to a rock solid ACO

As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve and transform the approach to managing patient care, new innovations, such as accountable care organizations (ACO), are success stories. 

California turns up the heat on insurers

California is a brewing hotbed of potential trouble when it comes to insurance rates. California lawmakers propose a state-wide vote on a new ballot initiative that would expand the state's authority to regulate health insurance rates. To make matters worse, voters show signs they support the measure, according to an article in Kaiser Health News.