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  Health Change Bulletin                                                            September 25, 2014
 
 

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  "Today, we're able to announce that in 2015 there will be a 25% increase in the total number of issuers selling health insurance plans in the Marketplace. When you consider the law through the lens of affordability, access, and quality, the evidence points to a clear conclusion: The Affordable Care Act is working, and families, businesses, and taxpayers are better off as a result." Sylvia M. Burwell, HHS Secretary
 

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  The ACA will save hospitals $5.7 billion in uncompensated care costs this year. $4.2 billion of the total will be for hospitals in Medicaid expansion states which is about 25% of the uncompensated care cost they might have faced if the ACA did not take effect. Hospitals in states that did not expand Medicaid will save about 9% of the costs they might have faced if the ACA did not take effect.
 
Source: The Department of Health and Human Services
Research
Health Reform and Changes in Health Insurance Coverage in 2014
The New England Journal of Medicine, September 24, 2014
   
News 
  HIX to Offer 25% More Plans in 2015, Says HHS
HHS, September 23, 2014

Under Affordable Care Act, 25 Percent Increase in Health Insurers Is Predicted
The New York Times, September 23 ,2014

ACA's Year Two Open Enrollment Period Brings a New Round of Questions
Insurance News Net, September 23, 2014

Tax refunds will be cut for ACA recipients
USA Today, September 21, 2014

What Has The Affordable Care Act Accomplished A Year Later?
CBS, September 18, 2014

We Still Don't Know How Many People Obamacare Enrolled
Forbes, September 18, 2014

   
Blogs
HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell Says Affordable Care Act Is Working
The Brookings Instituion, September 23, 2014

7.3 Million Ways the Affordable Care Act Is Working
SEIU, September 22, 2014

Tweets
    States Add Insurers Under Health Law
WSJ U.S. News, https://twitter.com/WSJusnews, September 23, 2014
   
HealthshareTV video
 
Specialty Pharmacy Trends and the Affordable Care Act
 
  Specialty Pharmacy Trends and the ACA

Thomas Cohn, chief strategy officer at Armada Health Care, discusses the impact of the Affordable Care Act on specialty pharmacy industry trends.

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HHS: Preliminary Improvements To The 2015 Insurance Marketplace

1. In the 44 states for which we have data, 77 issuers will be newly offering coverage in 2015
2. The Federal Marketplace states alone will have 57 more issuers in 2015; a 30 percent net increase over this year
3. Continue reading here

Source: The Department of Health and Human Services
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