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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      February 15, 2018
  
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  "Once again, we find dramatic differences across states in the fraction of Medicaid spending that is devoted to obesity-related illness. For example, over 2001-15, Kentucky and Wisconsin devoted over 20% of their Medicaid spending to obesity-related illness. In contrast, in New York, 10.9% of Medicaid spending was devoted to obesity-related illness, and the average for the U.S. as a whole was 8.23% during that period."

 
-John Cawley, Professor of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University
 
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  The annual cost of the opioid crisis increased from $29.1 billion in 2001 to an estimated $115 billion in 2017 (all cost estimates are shown in 2016 dollars). The growth rate between 2011 and 2016 was double the rate observed between the previous 5 years, and is projected to increase again in 2017.

Source: Altarum, February 13, 2018
 
   
News 
  Providers See Data Sharing as Key to Value-Based Care
HealthPayer Intelligence, February 15, 2018

Increased Medicare Enrollment Driver Behind Healthcare Spending Trends
Fierce Healthcare, February 15, 2018

Idaho Blue Cross Jumps Into Market For Plans That Bypass ACA Rules
Kaiser Health News, February 14, 2018

HHS Head Says he Will Uphold ObamaCare as Law
The Hill, February 14, 2018
 
Ryan Calls for 'Incremental' Health Reforms After Failure of ObamaCare Repeal
The Hill, February 13, 2018
 
U.S. Can Sue UnitedHealth in $1 Billion Medicare Case, Judge Rules
Reuters, February 13, 2018
 
Google paper stirs interest, but not seen as transformative
Politico, February 13, 2018

Trump budget calls for ACA repeal, cuts to Medicare and Medicaid
Fierce Healthcare, February 13, 2018

Opioid Epidemic Costs Top $1T Since 2001; Drugmakers Paid Kickbacks
Fierce Healthcare, February 13, 2018

MassHealth Changes Come With a Hefty Price Tag for Employers
The ACA Times, February 12, 2018
 
 
Blogs
  Stop Cheering the Budget Deal. It's a Blow to Long-Term Care and the Safety Net.
USA Today, February 15, 2018

Treasury Inspector General Releases New Report On ACA Tax Filings For 2016
Health Affairs, February 11, 2018
 
    
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ACA and Healthcare Reform - Affordable Care Act   ACA and Healthcare Reform -
Affordable Care Act

Lecture on the ACA and healthcare reform.
Presenters: Grant Lasson, Randy Olson, Wayne Imbrescia
Affiliation: University of Utah
 

 
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  % Change in Enrollment for the 12 State Based Health Insurance Marketplaces
 
1. Rhode Island - 12.10%
2. Washington - 7.65%
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Source: NASHP, February 7, 2018
 
      
 
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