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Who gets health insurance rebates under new law?

Posted on May 8, 2012

Rebates totaling $1.3 billion from health insurance companies should go to more than 3 million individual policyholders and thousands of employers this year because of President Barack Obama’s health care law, a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation says. Here’s how the law works: – Insurers covering individual consumers and small employers must spend at least 80 percent of the premiums they collect on medical care and quality improvements. The benchmark is 85 percent of premiums for insurers covering large employers. – Insurance companies must provide rebates if they do not meet those standards. Read more http://www.ktvn.com/story/17794886/who-gets-health-insurance-rebates-under-new-law

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Survey: Growth in health costs is slowing

Posted on Apr 24, 2012

Healthcare costs aren’t growing quite as rapidly as they have in the past, according to new research from Buck Consultants. The study predicts that health insurance costs will rise this year by less than 10 percent — the first time growth has been that low in more than a decade. The findings could undermine Republicans’ argument that President Obama’s healthcare law is driving costs higher. Read more http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-insurance/220999-survey-growth-in-health-costs-is-slowing  

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State moves to limit ER visits

Posted on Apr 24, 2012

The Washington State Health Care Authority is working with the Washington State Hospital Association and physicians on a legislative mandate to reduce non-emergency use of hospital emergency departments as well as over-utilization of emergency services beginning July 1. The new plan — included in the Supplemental Budget passed on April 11 by the Legislature — replaces earlier state proposals that would have limited the annual number of non-emergency visits by a client to the emergency department and to stop reimbursing hospitals and physicians for treatments and services that are not medically necessary in the setting of an emergency department. Read more http://www.mi-reporter.com/news/148919325.html

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