Daily Policy Digest
|Obamacare's 2016 Average Rate Hike 8 Percent
Two pro-Obamacare sources confirm premiums in Obamacare's exchange plans increased by an average of eight percent from 2015 to 2016. General measures of price changes, such as Consumer Price Inflation, were effectively flat over the period. That is, the eight percent Obamacare premium hike was a real, not nominal, price hike, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham.
|Pharmacists Group Pushing for Expanded ‘Preferred’ Medicare Networks
Preferred networks are at the root of how benefits managers have lowered drug costs for Medicare recipients, says NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick in an article from Arizona Business Daily...
|Billions of Dollars Later, Veterans Health Administration Still Failing
Reacting to scandal, Congress bailed out the Veterans Health Administration, camouflaged as a method of allowing veterans more choice of healthcare providers, outside the government bureaucracy...
|Will You Ever Understand Your Hospital Bill?
A new crop of entrepreneurs and the federal government is trying to solve the problem of the medical billing process...
|Do We Have to Work for Nuns to Avoid Obamacare's Mandates?
The Little Sisters of the Poor have been winning their litigation against Obamacare's mandate to cover artificial contraception...
|Pittsburgh Insurer Highmark Swings for the Fences on Obamacare Bailout
Health insurers have not had much to cheer about lately, when it comes to Obamacare...
|DC Federal District Court: Obamacare's Cost-Sharing Subsidies Illegal
D.C. Federal District Court has ruled the cost sharing reductions in Obamacare are unconstitutional because they were never appropriated by Congress...
|House Republicans, Conservatives Applaud Court Ruling on Funding of Obamacare Subsidies
If the decision striking down the ACA’s cost-sharing provision stands, it will likely hasten the demise of Obamacare...
|Consumer Price Index: Medical Inflation Finally Under Control
The Consumer Price Index for April confirmed medical inflation is matching the broad measure of price changes...
|Federal Bill Aims to Speed OTC Birth Control Efforts
Research from the NCPA on how transitioning birth control to over-the-counter would affect costs is cited in this article from the Pharmacy Times...