As part of its ongoing effort to improve maternal outcomes in the country, the government has approved Illinois’ request to extend full Medicaid coverage for new mothers. The approval extends the coverage from 60 days to one year and will give about 2,500 women living… Read More »Illinois first state to offer full Medicaid benefits to women one year postpartum
Virtual primary care startup Firefly Health plans to launch a benefit plan after raising $40 million in new funding. The company currently offers virtual and in-person access to a primary care team.
The partnership between the insurer and EHR giant — announced a year and a half ago — will now focus on streamlining prior authorizations and offering providers enhanced insights about their patients. Ochsner Health will be among the first to implement the new capabilities offered… Read More »Epic-Humana partnership enters new phase focused on prior authorizations
Medicare Advantage enrollment has grown rapidly over the past decade, and Medicare Advantage plans have taken on a larger role in the Medicare program. More than 24 million Medicare beneficiaries (36%) are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2020. This data analysis provides updated information… Read More »A Dozen Facts About Medicare Advantage in 2020
Medicare provides significant health and financial protections to more than 60 million Americans, but there are gaps in coverage and high cost-sharing requirements that can make health care difficult to afford. This report analyzes several policy options that could help make health care more affordable… Read More »Options to Make Medicare More Affordable For Beneficiaries Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond
Shots: Health2Sync reported the results of their clinical study in Taiwan, demonstrating that integrating Fitbit wearable devices with their Health2Sync patient management platform can help users to control T2DM Results: reduction in HbA1C (0.33%); patients who did mod. to high-intensity activity duration of at least… Read More »Health2Sync Divulges Benefits of Integrating Fitbit Wearable Devices into Diabetes Care in Taiwan
For 2021, the average Medicare beneficiary has access to 33 Medicare Advantage plans, the largest number of options available in the last decade, and can choose from plans offered by eight firms. Among the majority of Medicare Advantage plans that cover prescription drugs, 54 percent… Read More »Medicare Advantage 2021 Spotlight: First Look
This issue brief provides an overview of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit plan landscape for 2021, with a focus on stand-alone drug plans. It includes national and state-level data on plan availability, premiums, benefit design, cost sharing, information about premium-free plans for low-income… Read More »Medicare Part D: A First Look at Medicare Prescription Drug Plans in 2021
Average Family Premiums Rose 4% to $21,342 in 2020, Benchmark KFF Employer Health Benefit Survey Finds
San Francisco – Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose 4% to average $21,342 this year, according to the 2020 benchmark KFF Employer Health Benefits Survey. On average, workers this year are contributing $5,588 toward the cost of family coverage, with employers paying the… Read More »Average Family Premiums Rose 4% to $21,342 in 2020, Benchmark KFF Employer Health Benefit Survey Finds
When employers offer a health plan with clear pricing, their employees are more likely to consistently choose higher-value, lower-cost care, according to a new Bind analysis using industry-leading national commercial benchmark and risk adjusted data. Register here to hear more.