October 5, 2016, The Hill, Peter Sullivan- People who gained ObamaCare coverage in 2014 were more likely to have a regular doctor and an annual checkup than people who remained uninsured, a new study finds. The study, published in Health Affairs, finds that 27 percent of people who were uninsured in 2013 and gained coverage through ObamaCare’s marketplaces in 2014 went from not having a usual source of care to having one. That is significantly higher than the 11 percent of people who remained uninsured who gained a regular doctor.
October 5, 2016, Health Affairs, Thomas Selden, Salam Abdus, and Patricia Keenan- There is growing evidence that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped to reduce the number of uninsured adults, particularly in States that implemented the ACA’s Medicaid expansions. Research has also begun to show how the ACA’s changes in coverage are altering the way U.S. health care is financed. In a recent Health Affairs article, for example, Sayeh Nikpay and coauthors use data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Hospital Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) to show declines in the share of hospitalizations that are uninsured, and increases in the Medicaid share, in states that expanded Medicaid.
October 4, 2016, The Daily Journal, Michaela Gibson Morris- North Mississippi Health Services is parting ways with United Healthcare. In a full-page ad in Sunday’s Daily Journal, NMHS chief executive officer and president Shane Spees said the system was terminating its provider participation agreement with the national health insurer. “This termination notification decision is a direct result of UHC of Mississippi’s failure to accurately and fairly reimburse NMMC for services already rendered to UHC members,” Spees wrote. “The current situation is not a matter of renegotiating contract payment rates.”
October 4, 2016, CNBC, Dan Mangan- That’s a lot of people leaving money on the table. About 2.5 million people now buying health insurance are missing out on getting financial aid to reduce their monthly premiums because they are buying individual plans outside of the government-run Obamacare marketplaces, a new report revealed Tuesday. Those people would be eligible for those subsidies, in the form of federal tax credits, because they have low or moderate incomes. But they aren’t receiving that aid since it is available only when coverage is purchased on either the federal Obamacare exchange, HealthCare.gov, or a state-run marketplace.
October 4, 2016, Politico, Rachana Pradhan and Paul Demko- The 18- to 34-year-olds who helped elect Barack Obama could consign his signature domestic policy achievement to failure. That’s because not enough millennials have signed up for Obamacare to make it work well. Despite repeated outreach - including entreaties from all manner of celebrities, including NBA stars and Obama himself - young people make up less than 30 percent of Obamacare customers. The White House had set a goal of 40 percent in that age bracket to sustain a healthy marketplace because millennials tend to be healthier and, therefore, balance the costs of sicker, older customers.
October 3, 2016, The LA Times, Sid Scott- Mississippians who visit community health centers for primary care often save Medicaid dollars down the line. That’s according to a study to be published in November by the American Journal of Public Health. The authors analyzed Medicaid data in 13 states—including Mississippi—and found Medicaid patients who used community health centers make Mediaid claims less often than those who don’t. Janice Sherman is CEO of the Mississippi Primary Health Care Association. She tells MPB’s Karen Brown investments in community health centers lead to savings down the line.