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Impact of Health Plan Deductibles and Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment on Health Care Experiences.

High-deductible health plans (HDHPs) have become increasingly prevalent among employer-sponsored health plans and plans offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace in the United States. This study examined the impact of deductible levels on health care experiences in terms of care access, affordability, routine checkup, out-of-pocket cost, and satisfaction using data from the Health Reform Monitoring Survey. The study also tested whether the experiences of Marketplace enrollees differed from off-Market...

Specialty Drug Coverage Varies Across Commercial Health Plans In The US.

We analyzed specialty drug coverage decisions issued by the largest US commercial health plans to examine variation in coverage and the consistency of those decisions with indications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Across 3,417 decisions, 16 percent of the 302 drug-indication pairs were covered the same way by all of the health plans, and 48 percent were covered the same way by 75 percent of the plans. Specifically, 52 percent of the decisions were consistent with the FDA label, 9 ...

Medical Loss Ratios For California's Dental Insurance Plans: Assessing Consumer Value And Policy Solutions.

As a consumer protection, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that large-group health plans spend at least 85 percent of all premium dollars on health services and quality improvement activities-thus giving the plans a medical loss ratio (MLR) of 85 percent. Small-group and individual plans must have an MLR of at least 80 percent. The ACA did not set minimum MLRs for dental plans. California passed a law in 2014 requiring dental plans to report MLRs but stopped short of setting minimum thresholds. We ...

An ethical framework for evaluation of public health plans: a systematic process for legitimate and fair decision-making.

Given the increasing threats of communicable and non-communicable diseases, it is necessary for policy-makers and public health (PH) professionals to address ethical issues in health policies and plans. This study aimed to develop a practical framework for the ethical evaluation of PH programs.

Racial And Ethnic Differences In The Attainment Of Behavioral Health Quality Measures In Medicare Advantage Plans.

As the Medicare population becomes more diverse and its demand for behavioral health care grows, a better understanding of racial/ethnic disparities in the quality of behavioral health care is crucial. Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are accountable through the public reporting of quality performance on measures, including the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS). We examined HEDIS data on eight MA behavioral health care quality measures, using mixed-effects logistic regressions to distin...

Behavioral Health Coverage In The Individual Market Increased After ACA Parity Requirements.

As of January 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act designated mental health and substance use services as an essential health benefit in Marketplace plans and extended parity protections to the individual and small-group markets. We analyzed documents for seventy-eight individual and small-group plans in 2014 (after parity provisions took effect) and sixty comparison plans in 2013 (the year before parity provisions took effect) to understand the degree to which coverage for mental health and substance use care...

Network Optimization And The Continuity Of Physicians In Medicaid Managed Care.

Health plans use selective physician networks to control costs while improving quality. However, narrow (limited) networks raise concerns about reduced access to and continuity of care. In the period 2010-15, the proportion of Medicaid managed care plans in fourteen states with narrow primary care physician networks-that is, the plans that employed 30 percent or less of those physicians in their market-declined from a peak of 42 percent in 2011 to 27 percent in 2015. On average, plans experienced a 12 p...

High-Deductible Health Plans and Prevention.

High-deductible health plans (HDHPs) are becoming more popular owing to their potential to curb rising health care costs. Relative to traditional health insurance plans, HDHPs involve higher out-of-pocket costs for consumers, which have been associated with lower utilization of health services. We focus specifically on the impact that HDHPs have on the use of preventive services. We critique the current evidence by discussing the benefits and drawbacks of the research designs used to examine this relationsh...

Asthma action plans in the adult population: Rediscovering an invaluable tool in today's health care domain.

Asthma in adults remains a leading cause of morbidity, mortality, and increased health care costs. Asthma action plans (AAPs) have demonstrated improved health outcomes in this populace; however, AAPs continue to be underused by providers. This article aims to re-emphasize the importance of AAPs for adults and refresh providers on the effectiveness and methods to use this indispensable tool.

Impact of medical and/or pharmacy reimbursement on adult vaccination rates.

 To evaluate whether adults enrolled in commercial health insurance plans that provide reimbursement for herpes zoster vaccine (HZV) and pneumococcal vaccine (PV) through the medical and pharmacy benefits have higher vaccination rates compared with those whose health plans cover vaccines under the medical benefit alone.

National Action Plan Health Literacy: Need, Objective and Content.

In recent years, studies on health literacy of the population have been conducted in many countries. Most of them show that health literacy levels are worse than expected and that large parts of the population have low health literacy levels. National strategies and action plans to promote health literacy have been developed in many countries to address these results. Following these examples, a National Action Plan on Health Literacy was also developed for Germany. A panel of 15 experts was involved in the...

National cancer control plans: a global analysis.

There is increasing global recognition that national cancer plans are crucial to effectively address the cancer burden and to prioritise and coordinate programmes. We did a global analysis of available national cancer-related health plans using a standardised assessment questionnaire to assess their inclusion of elements that characterise an effective cancer plan and, thereby, improve understanding of the strengths and limitations of existing plans. The results show progress in the development of cancer pla...

Narrow provider networks and willingness to pay for continuity of care and network breadth.

Tiered and narrow provider networks are mechanisms implemented by health plans to reduce health care costs. The benefits of narrow networks for consumers usually come in the form of lower premiums in exchange for access to fewer providers. Narrow networks may disrupt continuity of care and access to usual sources of care. We examine choices of health plans in a private health insurance exchange where consumers choose among one broad network and four narrow network plans. Using a discrete choice model with r...

Scope Of Primary Care Physicians' Participation In The Health Insurance Marketplaces.

Millions of Americans have purchased health insurance through the Marketplaces, but their access to care is not well understood. Using an audit study, we compared the scope of primary care physicians' participation in Marketplace plans to that in other insurance types in 2016. Across ten diverse states, rates of participation in Marketplace plans were higher than those in Medicaid, but lower than those in employer-sponsored insurance.

High-deductible Health Plan Enrollment Among Adults Aged 18-64 With Employment-based Insurance Coverage.

High-deductible health plans (HDHPs) are health insurance policies with higher deductibles than traditional insurance plans. Individuals with HDHPs pay lower monthly insurance premiums but pay more out of pocket for medical expenses until their deductible is met. An HDHP may be used with or without a health savings account (HSA). An HSA allows pretax income to be saved to help pay for the higher costs associated with an HDHP (1). This report examines enrollment among adults aged 18-64 with employmentbased p...

Employer Groups Pushing For Improving Maternal Health.

Given the startling statistic that the rate of women dying of pregnancy-and childbirth-related complications in the United States is increasing, it seems logical that the U.S. health system would focus on improving outcomes in this area of care. But not all health plans address this disparity in health care delivery.

Guidance, Training and Exercises for Responding to an Improvised Nuclear Device: First Receivers, Public Health.

All large-scale emergencies and disaster incidents, including the detonation of an improvised nuclear device (IND), have life and death medical consequences. Responders must have realistic plans to save lives and reduce physical and psychological morbidity. Fifteen years after 9/11, considerable progress toward developing and implementing such plans has been made, but gaps in the management of response to an IND loom large. Another paper in this series reviewed gaps for first responders; this paper reviews ...

Strategies for Successful Survivorship Care Plan Implementation: Results From a Qualitative Study.

Care for US cancer survivors is often fragmented, contributing to poor health outcomes. Care and outcomes may improve when survivors and follow-up care providers receive survivorship care plans (SCPs), written documents containing information regarding cancer diagnosis, treatment, surveillance plans, and health promotion. However, implementing SCPs is challenging. As such, we sought to identify strategies for successfully implementing SCPs.

Health Insurance Coverage by Occupation Among Adults Aged 18-64 Years - 17 States, 2013-2014.

Lack of health insurance has been associated with poorer health status and with difficulties accessing preventive health services and obtaining medical care, especially for chronic diseases (1-3). Among workers, the prevalence of chronic conditions, risk behaviors, and having health insurance has been shown to vary by occupation (4,5). CDC used data from the 2013 and 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) to estimate the prevalence of having no health care coverage (e.g., health insurance, ...

Estimation of annual effective dose due to ingestion of radioactive elements in Sri Lankan common meal plans.

Dietary ingestion of radionuclides by human may lead to many hazardous effects such as cancers. No studies have been conducted to estimate the levels of radioactivity dosage received from Sri Lankan homemade foods. In order to find out the levels of radionuclides in Sri Lankan cooked foods, meal plans (n = 11) that are most commonly consumed were analyzed for the activity concentrations of the radioisotopes Ra, Pb, Th, Cs, and K by means of gamma spectroscopy. K had the highest activity concentration pr...

A Hot Health Policy Summer.

Last summer the administration finalized new rules on short-term plans and approved new state waivers. Litigation continues over the individual mandate, risk adjustment, and ACA "sabotage."

How successful are older employees in the timely implementation of retirement plans? : Social differences in concordance between planned and realized retirement age.

Retirement age limits of the pension system provide guidelines for the individual planning of retirement from employment. Empirical evidence shows that individual exit plans of older employees only delay and partly follow the raising of the retirement age by the statutory pension insurance; however, it is unclear how well the retirement plans of older employees predict the actual transition behavior and which individuals are able or unable to implement their own plans.

How Do Gender Differences in Quality of Care Vary Across Medicare Advantage Plans?

Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) quality measures have long been used to compare care across health plans and to study racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities among Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries. However, possible gender differences in seniors' quality of care have received less attention.

Medicaid Benefits For Addiction Treatment Expanded After Implementation Of The Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established a minimum standard of insurance benefits for addiction treatment and expanded federal parity regulations to selected Medicaid benefit plans, which required state Medicaid programs to make changes to their addiction treatment benefits. We surveyed Medicaid programs in all fifty states and the District of Columbia regarding their addiction treatment benefits and utilization controls in standard and alternative benefit plans in 2014 and 2017, when plans were subject to...

Clarification of Final Rules for Grandfathered Plans, Preexisting Condition Exclusions, Lifetime and Annual Limits, Rescissions, Dependent Coverage, Appeals, and Patient Protections Under the Affordable Care Act. Final rule; clarification.

On November 18, 2015, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the Departments) published a final rule in the Federal Register titled "Final Rules for Grandfathered Plans, Preexisting Condition Exclusions, Lifetime and Annual Limits, Rescissions, Dependent Coverage, Appeals, and Patient Protections Under the Affordable Care Act" (the November 2015 final rule), regarding, in part, the coverage of emergency services by non- grandfathered group health plans and health insurance i...

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