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Eliminating Individual Mandate Would Come With Strings

Margaret Dick Tocknell

A report by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation analyzes, under four scenarios, what the loss of the individual mandate could mean for health insurance premiums, coverage, and uncompensated care. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Thomson Reuters IDs 15 Top Health Systems

The company's fourth annual study reviewed clinical outcomes at more than 300 health systems and picked the leaders based on a composite score of eight measures of quality, patient perception of care, and efficiency. >>>

Trustmark's Premium Hikes 'Excessive,' Says HHS

Federal health officials are using their powers to keep health premium increases low by declaring that Trustmark Life Insurance Company's premium hikes are "excessive" and "unreasonable." >>>

20% of Healthcare Dollars Spent on 1% of Population

The top 5% of the U.S. population, which accounts for half of all healthcare expenditures, may yield the biggest opportunity for realizing savings, suggests a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. >>>

Medicare Advantage Plans with Fitness Benefits Snag Healthier Enrollees

Wellness benefits are seen as a way to reduce healthcare costs, but at least one critic says policy makers are uncomfortable with the notion that health plans are able to compete on the ability to cherry-pick the healthiest enrollees.   >>>



News Headlines

Teaching hospitals fight Medicare cuts

The Hill, January 18, 2012

Confusion about tiered health plans

WBUR.org, January 18, 2012

HMA responds to fraud allegations

The City Wire, January 18, 2012

CO high-risk health insurance pool runs up claims twice U.S. average

Denver Post, January 17, 2012

Opinion: MD’s Cohen saved billions, showed health regulation can work

The Baltimore Sun, January 17, 2012

The sleep apnea business is booming, and insurers aren’t happy

NPR, January 17, 2012

Medicare shortchanges hospitals on stroke therapy

Reuters, January 17, 2012

The race to build more federally funded health centers in NJ

NJSpotlight.com, January 13, 2012

New health insurers add Western PA clients with caution

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 13, 2012



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