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Drug prices to plummet | BenefitsPro

Drug prices to plummet | BenefitsPro.

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Who Denies the Highesr Percent of Claims? Medicare

Chart is from the 2008 Health Insurance Report Card released by the American Medical Association

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Possible Democratic defections leave fate of Baucus’ bill uncertain

The Washington Post (10/5, Connolly) reports Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and John D. Rockefeller (D-WV) “have refused to pledge support for the healthcare reform bill scheduled for a vote this week” in the Senate Finance Committee, “underscoring the hard work … Continue reading

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White House, some Democrats downplay public option.

As the President continued his call for action and compromise on healthcare reform over the weekend, his top spokesman, Robert Gibbs, appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” and echoed Obama’s statements that the so-called public option is not a … Continue reading

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Obama rallies Congress to come together, pass healthcare reform

President Obama’s speech to Congress is generating mostly glowing media reviews. While some argue the President failed to provide a sufficient level of detail on his healthcare reform views, his delivery is earning widespread media praise, with a number of … Continue reading

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On eve of Obama speech, Democratic divide on public option appears to deepen

Coverage of the run-up to President Obama’s speech to Congress tends to focus on the “public option” debate, and reflects statements from key Democrats that suggest the intra-party split on that issue presents a growing challenge for the President. The … Continue reading

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CBO: House reform bill could increase drug benefit premiums 20 percent

The Hill (9/1, Alarkon) reports, “The House health bill would raise insurance premiums for seniors but save money for those who spend more on drugs, a CBO study found.” CBO director Douglas Elmendorf “said Medicare recipients would pay less out … Continue reading

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Key lawmakers urge Obama to scale down healthcare reform plans.

Media reports on the healthcare debate continue to paint a grim picture of the President’s reform push. The White House is being cast as beset by conflicting agendas in the House and Senate, and comments Sunday by Sen. Joe Lieberman … Continue reading

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Oregon Health Plan denies Chemo Therapy Drug

The Oregon State run plan denied this subscriber the drug Tarceva. The private market covers the cost of this drug. We looked at two major carriers to see whether the drug is covered and it is. Take a look at … Continue reading

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The Medicare Cost Shift to Private Plans

This report is from Milliman. Milliman reviews claims data and provides analysis. Over the last several years there has been Medicare funding cuts in the federal budget. Well, when that money is cut from the budget hospitals and providers have … Continue reading

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