A popular conservative to Obamacare – The Weekly Standard
Obamacare is helping a lot of people. Not everyone thinks that’s good news. – The Washington Post
Immigrants, the Poor and Minorities Gain Sharply Under Health Act – The New York Times
New CMS model incentivizes providers toward value-based care – Managed Healthcare Executive
Editorial: CMS’ bold gamble on primary care – Modern Healthcare
Insurers step up threats to drop out of Obamacare market, fearing death spiral -Insurance Business America
CMS sets sights on stabilizing Affordable Care Act exchanges – FierceHealthPayer
Study: More approve of ACA’s effects, but political divisions skew overall opinions -FierceHealthPayer
The Trouble With Grandmothered Health Plans and Bidding Low – Morning Consult
News About Obamacare Has Been Bad Lately. How Bad? – The New York Times
S&P analysts published a mildly optimistic commentary on the state of the U.S. individual health insurance market.
S&P says Medicare Advantage issuers will be fine – LifeHealthPro
S&P says individual insurance market needs time to stabilize – Modern Healthcare
Also in the news:
Opinion: Politics is killing health-care stocks – Marketwatch
Medicare reform prompts backlash – Benefitspro.com
Drug plan hit with backlash – The Hill
Medicare’s flawed Part B drug experiment could harm patients– Morning Consult
Feds consider exemptions to controversial Medicare Part B payment model – FierceHealthPayer
IT central to Medicare’s medical home model – Politico/Morning eHealth
CMS unveils plan for new payment model – Medical Economics
New CMS primary-care payment model would affect 20K doctors – Modern Healthcare
CMS unveils new risk-based primary care model: 13 things to know -Becker’s Hospital CFO
This controversial rule could change how doctors profit from using the most expensive drugs – Washington Post
News over the weekend
At the start of the weekend, Bloomberg reported that “UnitedHealth Group Inc., the largest U.S. health insurer, has decided to call it quits in two state Obamacare markets. The insurer won’t sell plans for next year in Georgia and Arkansas, according to state insurance regulators. ”
Last March was the 6th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to this report from WhiteHouse.gov, 20 million people now have healthcare coverage and that 4.3 million jobs have been created.
This report by Economics21.org, however, said that “not all insurance is good insurance . Unnecessary over-insurance promotes overutilization and drives up costs for everyone.” The report further argues that the ACA was introduced after the recession — the economy always adds jobs after a recession.
This chart from Kaiser Family Foundation shows us how deeply divided the public has remained on the health reform law since it was passed in March 2010.
Other articles for the day:
Does Medicaid Expansion Improve Revenue of Hospitals? – RevCycle Intelligence