Cheaper Home Healthcare Causes Higher Readmission Rates: Study

Cutting costs isn’t always the best move, especially when it comes to healthcare, a new study says. Medicare patients discharged to home healthcare had nearly a 6 percent higher risk of returning to a hospital after 30 days than those discharged to post-acute care nursing facilities, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal […]

State-Run Reinsurance Reduces ACA Premiums, Analysis Says

New analysis from Avalere finds that states with their own reinsurance programs reduce individual market premiums by 19.9 percent on average in their first year. Reinsurance programs provide a combination of state and federal funds to insurance companies to help offset losses they may incur by covering individuals who are sicker than originally anticipated. In […]

ACLI To Back Mandatory Retirement Plans In Policy Shift

From Staff and Wire Reports The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) announced today that it will endorse a federal proposal requiring employers without retirement plans to provide workers with access to a payroll deduction for savings through an IRA, 401(k), or other qualified retirement savings plan. The proposal, championed by House Ways and Means […]

Tennessee Town Proposes More Life Insurance For Emergency Workers

Herald-Citizen (Cookeville, TN) Putnam County could soon offer a more substantial life insurance policy for law enforcement and emergency personnel. “With all the deaths of law enforcement, paramedics and emergency personnel we have been seeing in the news lately, it made me take a hard look at what we do for ours in case of […]

Isakson Joins Bipartisan Senators To Permanently Repeal Medical Device Tax

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today joined 19 other senators in introducing bipartisan legislation to repeal the punitive medical device tax, which was enacted as a part of President Obama’s healthcare law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The 2.3 percent tax on medical devices that range from tongue depressors […]

Selling Health Insurance Across States Lines Is Topic Of CMS Probe

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is looking for recommendations on how to make it easier for carriers to sell health insurance across state lines. In an announcement late Wednesday, CMS issued a request for information on how to eliminate the regulatory, operational and financial barriers that prevent carriers from selling coverage across state […]

Senate Confirms Court Of Appeals Nominee Who Opposed ACA

Republican senators confirmed one Trump appeals court pick Tuesday and surmounted a Democratic filibuster on a second, withstanding a renewed assault on the president’s judicial nominees by his political opponents. Democrats cast the confirmation vote on Allison Jones Rushing, nominated to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Chad Readler, nominated to the 6th Circuit […]