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HRC Foundation releases 2018 Healthcare Equality Index, honors record facilities for LGBTQ inclusion

| Mar 28, 2018 | Federal

The HRC Foundation released the 11th edition of its annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), which scores healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. A record 626 healthcare facilities actively participated in this year’s survey, committing to LGBTQ-inclusive policies...[ Read More ]

Washington Healthplanfinder enrolls record number of residents

| Mar 22, 2018 | Washington

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that 209,802 customers used Washington Healthplanfinder to purchase a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) for 2018 coverage during the most recent open enrollment period. This total is a nearly three percent increase over last year and is 50 percent higher than the number of...[ Read More ]

New study reveals patients overpay for prescriptions 23% of the time

| Mar 15, 2018 | Federal

A new study by researchers at the University of Southern California Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics reveals that prescription drug overpayments, also known as clawbacks, occurred almost 23 percent of the time in the first six months of 2013. Clawbacks occur when a patient's copayt exceeds the total...[ Read More ]

States face significant premium increases over next three years

| Mar 8, 2018 | Federal

A new study shows that every state is at risk for high premium increases in 2019 due to federal uncertainty and policy changes, which can cause healthier cause to leave the market, effectively creating a high-risk pool. “Lower-income Americans will be largely shielded from these price hikes, but the real-world...[ Read More ]

New legislation to combat the opioid epidemic announced in Washington D.C.

Emily Boerger | Mar 1, 2018 | Federal

This week, the federal government has taken major steps to address the opioid epidemic in the United States. Back in October, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency, and in November, the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released a series of recommendations...[ Read More ]

AG Paxton and Wisconsin AG file 20-state lawsuit challenging constitutionality of Affordable Care Act

| Feb 27, 2018 | Texas

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel [on Monday] led a 20-state coalition lawsuit against the federal government, challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. In the lawsuit, Attorney General Paxton explains that when Congress enacted President Trump’s tax overhaul, it...[ Read More ]