Brian Eastwood

Articles by Brian Eastwood

High deductibles cause Americans to delay medical care

Americans are increasingly delaying medical care because they cannot afford it, according to a new Gallup poll.


Leading Senate Democrat calls ACA 'major political blunder'

A top U.S. Senate Democrat called the Affordable Care Act a "major political blunder" on Tuesday, saying that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats should have focused on fixing the economy in 2009 instead.


California insurers chided for Obamacare network errors

State regulators ruled last week that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California misled consumers about their Obamacare coverage.

Benefits plans excluding more drugs as costs rise

Express Scripts, CVS Health and Medicaid rank among the prescription benefit managers banning specialty drugs from health plan coverage in an effort to keep costs down, Bloomberg reported.


After Obamacare enrollment data snafu, a push for openness

The latest controversy over Affordable Care Act enrollment figures has reignited a demand for more transparency, Politico reported.

State health insurance exchanges face financial uncertainty

The second year of open enrollment through health insurance exchanges has been mostly positive, but the states that run their own exchanges still face a financial test, the Associated Press reported.

Former HHS official calls for smarter narrow networks

Narrow insurance networks have come under fire for offering a limited list of participating physicians and facilities--but one former White House official says they can, in fact, work.

Executive order stops short of insurance for immigrants illegally in U.S.

President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration reform stopped short of offering healthcare coverage to people who are in the U.S. illegally, but the action should make it easier for them to obtain insurance.

White House overstated Obamacare enrollment

The Obama administration inadvertently added 380,000 standalone dental subscribers to its total count of Affordable Care Act healthcare subscribers, dropping the number of Americans who obtained healthcare through state and federal exchanges to roughly 6.7 million as of Oct. 15--well short of the original Congressional Budget Office projection of 13 million enrollees.

Consumer-driven health plans on the rise

Enrollment in consumer-driven health plans continues to grow, while HMO and PPO enrollment is one the decline. Consulting firm Mercer offers three factors that are contributing to the shift.