Author Archives: Ignatius Bau

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Affordable Care Act Has Saved American Consumers $9 Billion Under Medical Loss Ratio Rule

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has reported that American consumers have saved a total of $9 billion on their health insurance premiums since 2011 because of the Affordable Care Act. Created through the law, the 80/20 … Continue reading

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DHHS Office of Civil Rights: Letter on Consumer Right to Access Health Information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights issued this letter in 2013 clarifying the right of health care consumers to view and receive copies of one’s personal health information, both in printed (copies) and electronic … Continue reading

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National Health Interview Survey Publishes First Data on Sexual Orientation

The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) has published analyses of its first data collected on the sexual orientation, based on 34,557 adult respondents surveyed in 2013. The question that was included in the NHIS for male respondents was: Which of … Continue reading

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Kaiser Family Foundation: Non-Group Health Insurance Enrollees

This data brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation reports results from a national survey of individuals who have purchased their own health insurance (through “non-group” markets), including the Federally-Facilited Health Insurance Marketplace and state-based health insurance marketplaces established through the … Continue reading

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Commonwealth Fund Issue Brief: Percentage of Uninsured Falls to 15%

An issue brief from The Commonwealth Fund reports that the percentage of uninsured Americans has fallen from 20% to 15%, with 9.5 million adult Americans obtaining health insurance coverage in the past nine months since the first open enrollment period … Continue reading

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Gallup: Percentage of Uninsured in U.S. Now at 13.4%

In June 2014, Gallup published results of its latest national poll confirming the percentage of uninsured individuals in the U.S. at 13.4%. This percentage reflects a continued decline from a high of 18% uninsured in the third quarter of 2013 … Continue reading

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Fenway Institute and Center for American Progress: Asking Patients Questions about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Clinical Settings

This report summarizes the findings of research conducted by the Fenway Institute and Center for American Progress on asking patients in clinical settings questions about their sexual orientation and gender identity. The research was conducted at four community health centers … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Additional $730 Million Available for State Innovation Models

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the availability of an additional $730 million for states to design and implement State Innovation Models. These awards provide significant flexibility to … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Health Care Innovation Awards Round Two

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced the first batch of the second round of Health Care Innovation Awards, totaling up to $110 million. Unlike the first round with an … Continue reading

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University of California Los Angeles and University of California Berkeley: A Little Investment Goes A Long Way – Modest Cost to Expand Preventive and Routine Health Services to All Low-Income Californians

This analysis from the University of California Los Angeles Center for Health Policy Research and University of California Berkeley Labor Center estimates a relatively modest cost to the state of California to provide state-funded Medicaid (MediCal) to low-income California residents … Continue reading

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