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Does your employer cover transgender benefits?

It may be more likely than you think. The Health Business Blog (via Business Insurance) notes that: …the Office of Personnel Management recently required Federal Employee Benefit Plan providers to cover transition-related care…About half of large employers offer transgender-related surgical coverage compared with 5 percent in 2007, according to a National Business Group on Health survey. […]

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Friday Links

Paying for primary care. Is marijuana ‘medical’? Why rent control is bad. Minimum wage. Health insurance and cable.

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Choice in the Health Insurance Exchanges

I have posted frequently on the ACA and narrow networks (here and here). How narrow are the networks plans available in the health insurance exchanges? How does provider choice differ between standard commercial insurance plans and those in the exchanges? A study by Avalere finds: …exchange plan networks include 42 percent fewer oncology and cardiology […]

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What is they key driver of cancer care spending?

High-cost cancer drugs often get bad press. Cancer treatment certainly is expensive. However, drug costs are not the primary driver of high cost of cancer treatment; hospitalizations are. Using data from SEER-Medicare, Brooks et al. (2014) examine regional variation in the cost of cancer care and find: Acute hospital care was the largest component of […]

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Measles death in the US

Vox reports: We started 2015 with one of the worst measles outbreaks in recent history, which originated at Disneyland in California. And today, the US just recorded its first measles death in a dozen years. According to a news release from the Washington State health department, the (still unidentified) woman was probably exposed to the […]

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Vermont Creating an All-Payer Claims Database?

A claims database from all health insurers would but a great resource for researchers. States also want to use these data, however, to negotiate better prices. The question is, can a state legally compel health insurers to disclose prices? That is what a court case from Vermont involves. The Incidental Economist writes: the Supreme Court […]

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ACA leading to health insurance consolidation?

That is what Bloomberg is reporting: Insurance companies are looking at mergers to cut costs and keep profits expanding as a surge in enrollment from the the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Humana, which is exploring a sale after being approached by Cigna about a potential deal, Bloomberg News reported last month, Analysts have been […]

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Quotation of the Day

“Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise.” Bertrand Russell HT: The Browser

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Changes in Health Insurance Coverage: 2013-2015

As expected, more of the aged 18-64 market is shifting to marketplace coverage and Medicaid coverage, whereas the share of individuals uninsured or covered by other insurance arrangements are falling. There has been little change in employer coverage. However, it is possible that there is a broader shift away from employer coverage, but the improving economy […]

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$15 minimum wage and health insurance

Typically most workers want more money.  In the case of one man, however, an increase in the minimum wage may force him to work less.   At $15 an hour, his annual income would become too high to qualify for CountyCare under the current income limit. So any salary gains could be wiped out by the […]

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