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WASHINGTON/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — New government data released today demonstrate the continued, urgent need for more Americans to have access to drug and alcohol addiction treatment, according to an analysis by the Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap (CATG) initiative. If implemented properly, federal health care reform legislation could help remove financial barriers to treatment for millions of Americans.

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Group Health Research Institute has received a $2 million federal grant to study whether a relatively new health-insurance model can support and improve patient health, and hence can reduce cost.

If it does, many insurers and self-insured employers may well adopt this model, which uses financial carrots and sticks to nudge patients to use health care of proven benefit and to make them think twice before spending money on medical services that Read the rest of this entry »

Twenty-five members of the House have asked federal health regulators to ensure a role for licensed insurance agents in the web portal that will be used to aid consumers in comparing coverage options.

The Department of Health and Human Services unveiled the web portal July 1 on a trial basis. An update with more comprehensive information is scheduled to be in place as of Oct. 1.

The web portal is seen as a precursor to the health insurance Read the rest of this entry »

WASHINGTON (Health Care Watch) ? Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged. Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children.

Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee that kids with health problems would not be Read the rest of this entry »

Washington, D.C. ? America?s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) President and CEO Karen Ignagni this afternoon made the following remarks as prepared for delivery on the status of health care reform:

?There is an enormous amount of attention being paid right now to premium increases for people who obtain coverage in the individual insurance market ? which represents about seven percent of those with private coverage today. This concern Read the rest of this entry »

For American hospitals, “the cost of doing nothing in Washington translates into tens of billions of dollars each year in medical bills that go unpaid by patients with little or no insurance,” The New York Times reports. “Nationwide, the cost of unpaid care for hospitals, which includes charity care as well as money that could not be collected from patients, was around $36 billion in 2008. It is expected to spiral higher.” Some hospitals, such Read the rest of this entry »

WASHINGTON ?Property and casualty insurance trade groups are uniting to oppose a proposed Senate health care reform amendment to merge medical components of workers? compensation and auto insurance with health insurance.

The provision, known in industry parlance as ?24-hour health coverage,? was proposed yesterday by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, which was not expected to Read the rest of this entry »