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Dina Overland is the editor of FierceHealthPayer. Prior to working with FierceMarkets, Dina wrote monthly newsletters on HIPAA and medical privacy issues, nursing home regulations, and food labeling laws. She also blogged for Prevention magazine. Based in the New Orleans area, Dina is a freelance writer, blogger, and indexer. She has a passion for maintaining a healthful, balanced lifestyle that incorporates many alternative and holistic medicines. Dina can be reached at [email protected]. Follow @HealthPayer on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Dina Overland
More than 2 million people have signed up for coverage through state and federal health insurance exchanges, but a key consumer population--young adults--accounts for only 24 percent of that total, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced Monday.
insurers are dealing with their own technical and administrative problems. Plus, they're facing an increasingly frustrated public complaining that insurers can't confirm coverage, aren't providing adequate customer service, and haven't issued identification numbers needed to cover medical services.
Although a handful of GOP members remain staunchly opposed to Medicaid expansion, an increasing number of Republican governors are reconsidering expanding the state-federal healthcare program.
Even though young adults can stay on their parents' plans until they're 26 years old, students increasingly are signing up for college-sponsored insurance.
WellPoint said Tuesday it will sell its direct-to-consumer contact lens retailer, 1-800-Contacts, to a private equity firm so it can better focus on its core business unit and healthcare reform.
Some small businesses are considering shifting their sickest, most expensive-to-insure employees to health insurance exchanges. But that strategy could threaten the viability of the online marketplaces by inflating the amount of sick and costly consumers shopping for health plans.
The Obama administration must find simple solutions to the complex problem of the glitch-filled health insurance exchange enrollment process, said Michael Leavitt, former U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary.
Despite conservative growth strategies, pricing concerns, reductions in service areas and the loss of 25 Medicare Advantage plans, the remaining 260 insurers saw enrollment growth of more than 9 percent year-over-year, according to an analysis by Mark Farrah Associates.
Some Medicare Part D contractors have an unfair advantage over other companies based on their members' socioeconomic characteristics, which substantially influence performance ratings issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to a new study published in the journal Health Affairs.