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Jan
23

Axios: We're using less health care, but paying more

By: Sam Baker Health care spending is up. Way up. That's because prices are up — not because we're using more health care, according to newly published data from the Health Care Cost Institute. The numbers that matter: Health care spending grew by 4.5% from 2015 to 2016, yet utilization was steady — or, in some cases, actually declined — during the same period. According to HCCI's analysis, which ...
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Jan
23

Miami Herald: Working Americans are using less healthcare but paying more for it

By: Daniel Chang Most Americans have health coverage through their jobs, but that doesn't mean they are better off when it comes to spending for their care, according to a five-year analysis of billions of insurance claims by the nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute. In a study published Tuesday, HCCI found that working Americans used less healthcare but paid more for it every year from 2012 to 20...
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Jan
23

POLITICO Pulse: Spending growth outpaces need for care

By: Dan Diamond Indiana is abuzz with news that the Trump administration this week will approve the state's pending Medicaid waiver, which would add a work requirement for able-bodied adults, multiple sources tell POLITICO's Rachana Pradhan. Indiana's pioneering conservative Medicaid model — which CMS Administrator Seema Verma helped develop as a consultant and then-Gov. Mike Pence used to expand ...
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Jan
23

WebMD: Spending More on Health Care? Here's Why

  By Robert Preidt Americans spent more on health care in 2016, even though their use of health care did not increase, and rising costs are the reason why, a new report shows. "It is time to have a national conversation on the role of price increases in the growth of health care spending," said Niall Brennan, president of the Health Care Cost Institute . The institute is a non-partisan, nonpr...
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Jan
23

Washington Post: Working Americans are using less health care, but spending more

By: Carolyn Johnson Americans who get health insurance through their jobs are not using more medical care than they were five years ago, but they are spending more due to soaring medical prices, according to a new report. Health spending for the more than 150 million people who receive insurance through their employers was $5,407 per person in 2016. That is a 4.6 percent increase over 2015, even t...
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