Solutions for The Auto Industrys Health Care Conundrum
Unionized autoworkers enjoy some of the best health care benefits in America, including access to a broad choice of providers, low premiums and little or no cost-sharing at the doctor’s office. It’s no wonder the United Auto Workers union holds tightly to them, even during the worst of times.
Why The Cadillac Tax Will Drive Healthcare Costs Higher for The Middle Class
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), despite its laudable policy goals, contains a provision that could negatively impact the health of millions of middle class individuals, and that is the so-called “Cadillac” tax. Increasingly it is being re-evaluated by policy experts, and there is growing sentiment that it should be rewritten or even repealed.
New HHS Rule Could Change the Game for Trans Healthcare
Today, after pressure from LGBT advocacy groups, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed a new policy that will enable transgender Americans to file claims of civil rights violations against physicians, insurers, and hospitals that fail to provide trans-affirmative healthcare care.
Healthcare association president to retire in December
As president of the largest independent healthcare trade association in the state, Linda Quick has represented the interests of South Florida hospitals, health insurers, medical device makers and even ambulance companies for 21 years — lobbying legislators, hosting educational conferences and brokering cooperative relationships.
UAW Pitches Health-Care Co-op to Car Makers
The United Auto Workers union is pushing Detroit car makers to put all their employees under one health-care umbrella, creating a powerful purchasing group that could upend traditional health care markets.
Nearly 900,000 US veterans are waiting on Healthcare
Nearly 900,000 military veterans have officially pending applications for health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the department's inspector general said Wednesday, but "serious" problems with enrollment data make it impossible to determine how many veterans were actively seeking VA health care.
Cost-effective Healthcare means single government purchaser
The healthcare system is a complex and politically dangerous beast that is full of waste, inflexibility, and powerful professional vested interests. Favourable comparisons of our average health with other countries ignore immense inequality within Australia and cement our collective complacency about a system whose problems run deep.
Mass. Health care costs soar
The average cost of health care for every man, woman and child in Massachusetts grew to a hefty $8,010 and the state Medicaid program MassHealth saw a $2.4 billion increase in spending from 2013 to 2014, according to a new report from the Center for Health Information and Analysis.
Fewer people neglecting Health care over cost: CDC
Here are some big market plunges you might actually like. The rate of people who didn't get needed medical care as a result of its cost reached a 16-year-low in the three months that ended in March, as the Affordable Care Act continued to drive down the number of people without health insurance, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday.
Why Healthcare ITs Optimization Focus Will Fail to Improve Population Health
Chronic diseases are eating the health care system from the inside out, yet most of the technology progress we see in health care is about creating new connections within and among health care providers. General Electric GE -4.17%, Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard HPQ +0.00% and IBM IBM +0.00% are working to solve some of the biggest challenges in healthcare IT including system interoperability, integration and cost control. New alliances are being formed, like Care Innovations, a joint Intel INTC +0.00% Corporation and General Electric venture aimed at improving patient engagement, provider efficiency, and payer cost savings. All are intent on optimizing care via Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates, access to ACA financial incentives, as well as threats of future ACA penalties for failing to reach certain technology and patient outcome benchmarks. It’s a veritable healthcare IT arms race.
Philippines Reports Affordable Healthcare Gains
Fatima Arkin - The government-owned Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is claiming a dramatic surge in membership to over 80 percent of the population, up from 38 percent in 2000, putting the country closer to achieving its target of universal health coverage for all.
Healthcare Transformation in India Through Technology
Healthcare landscape in India has many challenges starting with access to specialist care in rural areas, skewed doctor–patient ratios, long wait times and finally when your turn comes in, very little doctor time available for a consultation compared to other countries worldwide (thanks to busy doctors and scarcity of specialists). And in the middle of these delivery challenges is the alarming increase in non-communicable diseases or NCD’s. It is estimated that roughly 40% of the adult population already has a chronic condition (asthma, diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis) or at significant risk of developing the condition due to family history, eating and sedentary habits, pollution and air quality.
Thursday Sector Laggards: Utilities, Healthcare
The worst performing sector as of midday Thursday is the Utilities sector, higher by 1.4%. Within that group, AGL Resources Inc. (Symbol: GAS) and TECO Energy Inc. (Symbol: TE) are two of the day's laggards, with GAS not showing much of a gain and TE up 0.1%. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is up 1.2% on the day, and down 6.77% year-to-date. AGL Resources Inc., meanwhile, is up 14.36% year-to-date, and TECO Energy Inc. is up 6.08% year-to-date. Combined, GAS and TE make up approximately 2.4% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
State depriving sick and disabled kids of Healthcare, doctors say
The medical directors of a Florida agency that treats some of the state’s sickest and most disabled children — kids with conditions ranging from HIV to cleft lips to diabetes to malfunctioning hearts — are accusing healthcare administrators of “dismantling” the program amid a controversial overhaul that already has purged close to 6,000 children from enrollment.