Medicare Advantage, Part D Plans Get COVID-19 Leeway

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued new guidance regarding how Medicare Advantage and Part D plans can respond to enrollees affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the guidance, the plans are authorized, but not required to waive out-of-pocket costs for testing, treatment and other services related to the coronavirus. The rules come [...]

By | 2020-04-28T13:19:05-07:00 April 28th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Employers Rethink HDHPs as More People Struggle with Medical Bills

A new study has found that more and more large employers are ditching high-deductible health plans as the job market tightens and they need to boost improve their health insurance offerings to retain and attract talent, and saddle their employees with less of the cost burden. The change is also in response to the increasing [...]

By | 2019-12-17T08:05:15-08:00 December 17th, 2019|Healthcare|0 Comments

The ‘Cadillac Tax’ May Finally Be Repealed

The much-maligned “Cadillac tax,” which was supposed to be implemented as a tax on high-value group health plans with premiums above a certain level, may finally be seeing the end of the road. Already the implementation of the tax, which was created by the passage of the Affordable Care Act, has been postponed twice. It [...]

By | 2019-10-08T09:47:59-07:00 October 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Legislation Aims to Tackle Health Care Costs

The Senate Health Committee in May 2019 released a draft bill that aims to reduce health care costs, taking particular aim at the lack of transparency in the system and the scourge of surprise medical bills. The draft legislation is the first serious attempt at addressing the drivers behind costs in a system that is [...]

By | 2019-07-30T11:12:42-07:00 July 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Congress, Administration Serious About Tackling Health Care Costs

As more people struggle with their medical bills, Congress has been introducing a raft of new legislation aimed at cutting costs and making pricing more transparent. The multi-pronged, bipartisan effort targets the lack of transparency in pricing particularly for pharmaceuticals, as well as surprise medical bills that have left many Americans reeling, and there are [...]

By | 2019-07-16T12:24:34-07:00 July 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments