Health Care Reform

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LGBT health insurance barriers recede

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has expanded access to health insurance, thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act and the rejection of the Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new issue brief by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Controversial contraceptive mandate blocked for now

Only hours before the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate took effect on New Year's Day, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor halted its implementation for some religious groups, The Washington Post reported.

Obama's decision to reinstate canceled plans leads to payer uncertainty, blame

President Obama's administrative fix for canceled health plans, which allows insurers to reinstate non-grandfathered plans for at least another year, may be welcome news for some consumers. But it has left insurers facing uncertainty--and blame, payer reps told us in exclusive interviews.

Obama says reform weeds out 'bad apple' insurers

While admitting to flaws with the HealthCare.gov website, President Barack Obama pledged to resolve all the complications during a speech in Boston Wednesday. He also said the Massachusetts law, upon which he based his healthcare reform legislation, also struggled during the enrollment stage.

Now you can read FierceHealthPayer all week!

Today is Monday, so of course you're reading the most recent issue of FierceHealthPayer. But tomorrow is Tuesday, and for the first time since FierceHealthPayer began publishing, you can read...

Hospitals key to insurance exchange enrollment

Some hospitals are opening phone hotlines and conducting community outreach at churches, child-care centers, soup kitchens and health fairs to help uninsured Americans obtain coverage under healthcare reform. Hospitals also are hiring contractors to enroll consumers or receiving federal grants to train enrollment "navigators."

Hospital CEO: Why radiology must lead reform of healthcare

Considering that medical imaging accounts for 7.5 percent of healthcare spending in the U.S. (more than $175 billion annually), the physicians and facilities that supply these services should help lead the way in the reform of healthcare delivery, according to Michael Franklin, CEO of Atlantic General Hospital/Health System in Berlin, Md. In an article published this month in the  Journal of the American College of Radiology, Franklin says that radiologists "will be a central focus in the crusade for patient-centered, efficient, and transportable patient care."

Consumer Reports: Providers' bargaining power drives insurance prices

An article in the most recent issue of Consumer Reports verifies what America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) has been saying for years now-- providers are at the root of the healthcare cost problem.

AHIP keynotes offer road map to health reform's future

As I mulled over the AHIP Institute's keynote speakers, my thoughts drifted to a quote that struck me as quite apropos to their proposed agendas: "Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the

Hospitals may have to cede power to get docs in ACOs

Hospitals may have to fork over more power, but not necessarily higher pay, to get physicians to participate in accountable care organizations and other cooperative initiatives. That's the upshot of