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  Health Change Bulletin                                                            May 21, 2015

Capital BlueCross Accountable Care Arrangements: A Regional Health Plan's ACO Approach

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  “It was a common understanding on the Hill, again on both sides of the Hill, on both sides of the aisle, in late 2009 and early 2010, that subsidies would be available through the federal exchange as well as through state exchanges."
 -Doug Elmendorf, Former Director, Congressional Budget Office

In a KFF survey of people who buy insurance in the non-group market: 37% of people with high-deductible plans ($1,500-individual or $3,000-family) described their plan as an “excellent” or “good” value for what they pay, compared with 68% of people with lower-deductible plans saying the same. 60% of those with higher-deductible plans rated the value of their plan as “fair” or “poor.” Those with higher deductibles are significantly more likely than those with lower deductibles to say they feel vulnerable to high medical bills (55% vs. 22%).

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

The Problem of Underinsurance and How Rising Deductibles Will Make it Worse
The Commonwealth Fund, May 19, 2015
  Obama’s Game of Chicken with the Supreme Court
The New Yorker, May 21, 2015

Majority Satisfied with ACA Plans, Except for Those with High Deductibles
International Business Times, May 21, 2015

When Paying the Obamacare Penalty is Cheaper Than Buying Insurance
Kaiser Health News, May 20, 2015

Obamacare Setback Has Humana Attempting a Georgia Turnaround
Bloomberg, May 20, 2015

Why Insurance Doesn’t Always Prevent Giant Medical Bills
The New York Times, May 20, 2015

Kansas Lawmakers Talk About Medicaid Expansion But There’s a Catch
KCUR, May 19, 2015

MNsure Survives Session Despite Lawmaker Anger
Minnesota Public Radio, May 18, 2015

Inside Washington: Health Law Tax Passed Along to States
AP via The New York Times, May 18, 2015

Skyrocketing Medicaid Signups Stir Obamacare Fights
Politico, May 18, 2015
Are More Americans Benefiting From Obamacare Than Realize It?
The Wall Street Journal, May 20, 2015

CBO's New Scoring Policy Could Affect Federal Healthcare Programs
Modern Healthcare, May 19, 2015

GOP Congress Not Ready if Obamacare Goes Down in Court
The Hill, May 18, 2015

    New survey shows business impact of private health insurance exchanges
Array Health,, May 21, 2015
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Telehealth: How New Technologies Are Transforming Health Care
  How Technologies Are Transforming Health Care

Panelists in this, Harvard School of Public Health, forum event examined aspects of telehealth in the U.S., including doctor and patient buy-in and the impact of the Affordable Care Act, and in other high-income countries. They also took a look at the role of telehealth in low-income countries, where technologies such as mobile phones can serve as vital tools for healthcare workers to ensure and evaluate standards of care in the diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses.


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What You Need to Know About the New Contraception Guidance

1. Most insurers must cover at least one form of contraception in each of the 18 methods
2. Cover preventive screening, genetic counseling & testing for those at risk for breast cancer
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Source: The White House Blog
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