The Congressional Budget Office just projected that the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act would increase the number of Americans without insurance by 22 million by 2026 and reduce federal Medicaid spending by $772 billion over a decade.
The seven bills would require doctors to check a prescription database before prescribing painkillers and other opioids, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Michigan, Nebraska, and North Carolina.
Under the Senate GOP's revised bill, insurers would be required to impose a six-month waiting period on new individual market enrollees who have been without coverage for at least 63 days over the previous year.
Study authors Atul Gawande, Benjamin Sommers, and Katherine Baicker say the findings "indicat[e] that coverage expansions significantly increase patients' access to care and use of preventive care, primary care, chronic illness treatment, medications, and surgery."
Health insurance companies had until Wednesday to file plans to sell exchange coverage on HealthCare.gov for the 2018 coverage year, but they do not have to sign final contracts to sell plans via the exchanges until Sept. 27—meaning they have another three months to change their minds.
Christopher Zahn, a physician and the vice president of practice activities at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, says the group's latest recommendations reflect a new interpretation of available data and "conside[r] each individual patient and her values."
In growing numbers, providers from different specialties are coming together to advocate for legislation to ban mandatory maintenance of certification requirements—especially for hospital credentialing and insurance network membership, Neil Chesanow writes for Medscape.