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Part D cliff looms for seniors, as program stability could be in jeopardy

By Juliet Johnson  |    June 18, 2018
For more than a decade, Medicare Part D has successfully provided seniors comprehensive prescription drug coverage that meets their needs, while its market-based structure has kept overall program...   Read More

New “Let’s Talk About Medicare” campaign focuses on solutions to improve affordability and predictability for seniors in Part D

By Juliet Johnson  |    May 9, 2018
Today, we are launching the “Let’s Talk About Medicare” advertising campaign focused on solutions to improve affordability and predictability for seniors in Medicare Part D. Similar to how the “...   Read More

CSRxP proposals would undermine competitive market, harm patients and innovation

By Robert Zirkelbach  |    April 25, 2016
These so-called market-based proposals are nothing more than a litany of new government regulations and mandates that would undermine the competitive market and empower government bureaucrats and...   Read More

New Avalere study: Health plan formularies continue to suggest bias against individuals with certain health conditions

By Karyn Schwartz  |    April 19, 2016
Despite warnings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that requiring high cost sharing for all or most medications to treat a condition may be discriminatory, new data from...   Read More

New Study: Patient cost sharing rising as plans push more costs to patients through deductibles, coinsurance

By Karyn Schwartz  |    April 13, 2016
New data show changes in how insurers structure health insurance benefits have made out-of-pocket costs harder for patients to budget for or predict. A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis released...   Read More

New research: Insurance plan structure can have discriminatory effect

By Karyn Schwartz  |    March 31, 2016
New research from the Harvard University Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) is another piece of evidence showing how health insurance plan design may be trying to discourage...   Read More

When coverage does not equal access to care

By Karyn Schwartz  |    February 19, 2016
Building on recent stories about the challenges even those with insurance are facing, new data show some consumers have no choice but to pay up to thousands of dollars out of pocket before their...   Read More

Insurance coverage 101

By Allyson Funk  |    October 30, 2015
When it comes to health insurance, you have probably heard terms like deductible, copay or coinsurance thrown around. What does it all mean? Cutting through the clutter of health insurance can be...   Read More

ICYMI: New Commonwealth Fund Study Shows Health Insurance Does Not Always Translate to Affordable Care

By Allyson Funk  |    May 21, 2015
A new survey from the Commonwealth Fund found nearly a quarter of 19-to-64-year-old Americans with health insurance last year—approximately 31 million people—were considered “underinsured.”...   Read More

ICYMI: The New York Times Highlights How Increasing Cost Sharing Hinders Access, Raises Other Health Care Costs

By Allyson Funk  |    May 5, 2015
Yesterday, on The Upshot, Incidental Economist creator Austin Frakt explored the impact of high cost-sharing on consumers and other health care costs. He reiterates concerns we’ve been...   Read More

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