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Many who are already enrolled in a plan they like simply let Medicare’s open enrollment window close without taking any action.
President Donald Trump is expected to issue a regulation allowing employers with religious objections to omit coverage for contraception from their workers’ insurance plans. In other Trump administration news: the Department of Health and Human Services names 14 people to its mental health panel; the cancellation of several payment reforms is complicating efforts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to promote value-based care; and the National Parks Service lifts a ban on selling plastic water bottles in the parks.
The board reports that it will be depleted in 2029, a year later than the Obama administration had last projected. The estimate helped avoid activating the Independent Payment Advisory Board.
A Modesto Bee article examines the costs for one woman. Also, a look at problems with a Medicare program designed to help poorly performing nursing homes.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should review its incentive payments, recoup any money erroneously paid and do more to scrutinize spending, the inspector general audit recommended.
Federal spending for Medicare Part D catastrophic coverage spiked to $33 billion in 2015, a government report shows.
A Department of Health and Human Services report finds that those patient safety efforts also prevented 3.1 million hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2015. In other news, Sutter Medical opens a new urgent care clinic in Folsom.
Republicans have been floating the idea to overhaul Medicare, while Democrats vow to defend it.
“Insurers need to know the rules of the road in order to develop plans and set premiums,” says Sabrina Corlette, a professor at the Health Policy Institute of Georgetown University.
Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., Donald Trump’s choice to head HHS, is eager to overhaul the program that the incoming president swore to defend.