Number of Uninsured Rises in 2017

The extension of Medicaid to low-income people and providing income subsidies for individuals below 400% of poverty with the enactment of the Affordable Care Act decreased the number of uninsured Americans from 44 million to just under 27 million. In 2017, however those numbers began to rise again and 700,000 people were uninsured again. The Kaiser Family Foundation looks at the key facts about the uninsured in America.

KFF insured chart

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

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Four Possible Drug Pricing Solutions

Founder and CEO of VIVIO Health, Pramod John, offers four possible solutions to address the issue of high drug prices in America. These solutions all vary but call on pharmaceutical companies to dramatically change how they do business—including changes to pricing structures in the U.S. versus other countries; increasing competition; overhauling federal regulations and setting new standards.

Source: Validation Institute

Groups Ask Congress, “End Surprise Billing”

In early December, nine groups including consumer representatives, employers and health insurers, asked Congress to establish new legislation to protect patients from surprise medical bills incurred (often without their knowledge), from out-of-network providers. The Kaiser Family Foundation discovered in a poll in September that four out of 10 insured adults reported they received a surprise medical bill in the past year.

Source: Modern Healthcare