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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      May 24, 2018
  
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  "Americans wind up paying much more for our drugs than anywhere else in the world. The rest of the world controls their prices; the U.S., it's a free market. Essentially the U.S. is underwriting the research and development costs that happen for the rest of the world. This is a trade issue. This is a fair trade issue, and we have to bring it up in trade negotiations."

 
-Ken Davis, MD, President & CEO, Mount Sinai Health System
 
Factoid
 
  Kaiser Family Foundation analyzed insurer-specified financial data from Health Coverage Portal TM. The analysis shows that in 2017, following relatively large premium increases, individual market insurers saw significant improvement in loss ratios, averaging 82%. Furthermore, on average, premiums per enrollee grew 22% from 2016 to 2017, while per person claims grew only 5%.

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, "Individual Insurance Market Performance in 2017", May 2018
 
   
News 
  Senate Health Committee to Hold Hearing on Trump Drug Pricing Plan
The Hill, May 24, 2018

ACA Premiums to Jump 15%, Uninsured up 3m in 2019
Fierce Healthcare, May 23, 2018
 
Insurance Consolidation May Soon Include Hospitals, Create Powerhouses
HealthLeaders Media, May 23, 2018
 
Drugmakers Blamed For Blocking Generics Jacked Up Prices & Cost U.S. Billions
Kaiser Health News, May 23, 2018
 
Insurance Official: 'Substantial' Obamacare Premium Increases Coming
The Hill, May 23, 2018

Routine DNA Screening Moves Into Primary Care
NPR, May 22, 2018
 
Healthcare Costs for Typical American Family Reach $28,166
PR Newswire, May 22, 2018
 
House Passes 'Right-To-Try' Bill For Experimental Drugs
NPR, May 22, 2018
 
CDC: America's Uninsured Rate Rose Slightly During Trump's First Year
Becker's Hospital Review, May 22, 2018
 
EpiPens, Blood-Pressure Medication Rank Among Highest Drug Price Increases
Fierce Healthcare, May 18, 2018
 
Individual Insurance Market Performance in 2017
Kaiser Family Foundation, May 17, 2018
 
Tracking Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers
Kaiser Family Foundation, May 15, 2018
 
 
 
Blogs
  Without Federal Leadership, States Must Safeguard ACA Markets
The Hill, May 20, 2018

Insurer Resists Paying for ‘Avoidable’ E.R. Visits, Patients and Doctors Push Back
New York Times, May 19, 2018

 
 
    
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HC Reform Webinar: Cut to Federal Spending, America First PDP, Medicaid Lifetime Limits   HC Reform Webinar: Cut to Federal Spending, America First PDP, Medicaid Lifetime Limits

President Trump to propose cut in Federal Spending of up to $15.4 billion dollars. America First Prescription Drug Plan: Seeks to reduce cost of pharmaceuticals by lowering the list prices, providing Federal resources to negotiate, promoting market competition and reducing out-of-pocket costs.
  

 
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Healthsprocket List 
 
  NCHS: % of Adults Aged 18-64 Uninsured in 2017 in Selected States

1. Texas: 26.4%
2. Georgia: 20.3%
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Source: NCHS, National Health Interview Survey, 2016–2017
 
      
 
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