From the Massachusetts Center for Health Information: CHIA found that, overall, the individual purchaser market segment experienced decreases in average premiums (-3.4%) and cost-sharing (-8.0%) between 2015 and 2016. CHIA also found that unsubsidized plans experienced higher premium growth and larger cost-sharing increases than ConnectorCare Plan. (State's subsidized health insurance exchange.) ...Overall financial trends for … Continue reading Health insurance premiums going down in Massachusetts for individuals? State says end of federal subsidies will “challenge” this trend.
BHN is hosting this week's round-up. In anticipation of the King v. Burwell decision, we offer kings and Burwells. The content of the images is not meant as a BHN endorsement for either position. Same goes for the opinions in these posts. Some say the ruling may come down today, others bet on 6/29. SCOTUS … Continue reading Kings, dogs and Burwells: The latest policy posts from the Health Wonk Review #HWR
The Globe reports that the state is rejecting health insurance rate hikes for the first time. Making good on Governor Deval Patrick's promise to reject health insurance rate hikes deemed excessive, the state Division of Insurance this morning turned down 235 of 274 increases proposed by Massachusetts health insurers for small businesses and individuals. … Continue reading State nixes health insurance rate hikes plus reform in review
For the uninitiated, I apologize for exposing you to this piece of jargon: "risk-adjusted capitation." It means paying hospital/doctor/clinic groups a set amount per patient based on that person's risk of getting sick. It would replace the "fee-for-service" system of paying separately for every injection, visit, anesthesiologist, etc. Policy makers promise this plan … Continue reading NEJM: New way of paying for care in Mass?