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The House is expected to vote on the much anticipated Save American Workers Business Act (H.R. 3798) in the next few weeks.  The bill would amend the definition of a Full-time employee and suspend ACA penalties for Applicable Large Employers. READ MORE >>

An analysis by the Health Care Cost Institute puts an end to the argument that high utilization is a driving force behind the exorbitant health insurance premium increases.  It is simply the increasing cost of the care rather than the excess utilization.  In fact, utilization is down is just about all categories of care. READ MORE >>

According to HealthPayerIntelligence (September 4, 2018) 86% of Consumers Blame Insurers for Surprise Healthcare Bills In the PPO/HMO model a surprise bill is one that is either declined because the services aren't covered by the plan or the provider isn't participating in the particular network the member has. READ MORE >>

Enabling Providers to Address the Opioid Epidemic with Telemedicine Posted on July 23, 2018 by mHealthIntelligence.com Whether abusing drugs for recreational purposes or developing a dependence on prescribed medications, this ever-growing population is struggling to survive—and the epidemic hasn’t gone unnoticed. READ MORE >>

March 8, 2018 - Alex M. Azar II who is the Secretary of Health and Human Services made a bold speech regarding the American Healthcare System and makes no bones about it - "Change is possible, change is necessary, and change is coming." READ MORE >>

HCCI released the '2016 Health Care Costs and Utilization Report' and the results may surprise you. Total spending per person is now growing at faster rates than prior years. Spending growth in each year from 2012 to 2016 was almost entirely due to price. READ MORE >>

Healthcare Reform Magazine (Jan 4, 2018) On Thursday, the Trump administration released new proposed rules to carry out an executive order the President signed in October expanding association health plans to self-employed individuals and small businesses. READ MORE >>

The AP (10/19, Werner, Fram) reports that on Thursday, the bipartisan bill which seeks to stabilize ACA marketplaces “gained momentum...when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support.” The measure’s sponsors, Sens. READ MORE >>

The Hill (10/18, Roubein) reports a bipartisan group of 10 governors called on Congress to vote on the bipartisan legislation to stabilize the Affordable Care Act’s insurance markets. The governors wrote a letter Wednesday that said, “We urge Congress to quickly pass legislation ... READ MORE >>

TIME (10/16, Rhodan) reports that on Monday, President Trump suggested “he may sign off on a ‘short-term fix’ to the Affordable Care Act being put together by Democratic and Republican senators.” During a Cabinet meeting, the President seemed “to reference a bipartisan proposal from Sens. READ MORE >>

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