Call it a perfect storm of unintended consequences. Health plans are being cancelled. Exchanges are not dispensing subsidies. Consumers are reeling from sticker shock. Yet at least some of this upheaval is avoidable. Here are five things Congress and the President should do to provide stability and health security for people losing their coverage.
Twice as many Americans are likely to be eligible for cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, if doctors follow new heart guidelines issued by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Statins are widely prescribed to reduce the risk of heart attacks, but the new guidelines recommend that they also be considered for people at high risk of stroke.
Twenty-two veterans die from suicide every day. Nearly 25 percent of our veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will confront PTSD or another mental health issue. Across the country, far too many veterans are going undiagnosed or untreated and are suffering because of it.
While most merchants decide on their own what to charge consumers, prices are dictated to small business independent community pharmacies and beneficiaries in the Medicare Part D drug benefit by take-it-or-leave-it contracts that pharmacies must sign with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), multi-billion dollar middlemen between the pharmacist and the health plan.
It is past time to debunk the persistent myth that medical imaging is driving skyrocketing Medicare expenditures.
As he marked the 25th World AIDS Day today, President Obama committed to match contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria with $1 U.S. dollar for every $2 from other donors, up to $5 billion over the next three years. Combined with the international resources it is bound to help secure, this U.S. commitment will help save millions of lives.
For a health care market to work you need consumer choice, transparency and a lack of conflicts of interest. When it comes to Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), the intermediaries that manage drug benefits, each of these elements is missing and ultimately consumers suffer from less choice and higher costs.
The Supreme Court will grapple with the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) provision requiring corporation-sponsored health insurance coverage to include birth control.
HIV is a fierce opponent. Since its appearance three decades ago it has killed 35 million people, and in the process, decimated many countries’ most productive generations, further compromising efforts to stop it. Yet in recent years we have increasingly begun to win this fight by uniting policy and science.
The implications of the Affordable Care Act promise that Americans could keep their preexisting health insurance would not be so troubling had another promise been kept.