This week, KHN’s “What the Health?” panelists answered questions submitted by listeners.
Among the subjects coated had been what would possibly occur to components of the Affordable Care Act if a lawsuit now working its means via the courts succeeds in declaring the well being regulation unconstitutional, and the way Medicare and Medicaid take care of shock medical payments from out-of-network suppliers.
This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Jennifer Haberkorn of the Los Angeles Times, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner.
The panel addressed questions together with the next:
What would occur to the Medicare Part D “doughnut hole” if all the ACA is struck down, and would newer payments, such because the Bipartisan Budget Act, which helped shut the protection hole for brand-name medication one 12 months early, forestall this function of the ACA from being eradicated? Will the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 stay if the ACA is totally overturned? Since shock medical payments aren’t allowed in Medicare and Medicaid, what occurs when an anesthesiologist or contract emergency room physician who doesn’t settle for Medicare or Medicaid treats an enrolled affected person? Do they take a decrease fee? Does the hospital make up the distinction? Why can’t this be utilized to all out-of-network preparations? Statistics present that roughly 5% to 10% of the inhabitants accounts for about 50% of complete well being care spending. Who makes up this inhabitants? Are there any cheap proposals to deal with the well being of this inhabitants and maybe scale back spending whereas bettering outcomes?
Plus, for further credit score, the panelists advocate their favourite well being coverage tales of the week they suppose you must learn too:
Julie Rovner: Kaiser Health News’ “Lethal Plans: When Seniors Turn To Suicide In Long-Term Care,” by Melissa Bailey and JoNel Aleccia
Jennifer Haberkorn: The New York Times’ “Insurers Want to Know How Many Steps You Took Today,” by Sarah Jeong
Joanne Kenen: Vox.com’s “Walmart’s $25 Insulin Can’t Fix the Diabetes Drug Price Crisis,” by Julia Belluz
Kimberly Leonard: The [Columbia, S.C.] State’s “SC Inmate’s Baby Died in Toilet: Lawsuits Allege Rampant Medical Neglect in Prisons,” by Emily Bohatch
And, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s “For Some in Ga. Prisons and Jails, Diabetes Has Meant a Death Sentence,” by Danny Robbins
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