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NYTimes Reports Insurers are Struggling, Their Own Data Says Otherwise

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The New York Times’ Reed Abelson yesterday reported on the plight of insurers who are supposedly losing money thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and asks the existential question: “Can insurance companies run a viable business in the individual market?” In short, yes. More broadly, most insurers are not just “viable.” They are thriving. Despite what insurance companies may say in print, the financial data paints a different picture. In the age of the Read More >

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World FSHD Day

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This June 20th is the first-ever World FSHD Day, a day designated by an international alliance of advocacy groups to raise awareness of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). Participants from across the globe will come together over social media and in various activities to raise awareness for FSHD, one of the most prevalent forms of muscular dystrophy. Few have heard of FSHD. It’s a genetic condition that weakens muscles, typically starting in the face, shoulder blades, Read More >

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Time for AHIP to Finally Join Us And Work Toward A Solution

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I worked as an elected leader in government for 24 years. One of the enduring lessons I learned is that to accomplish big things, people from different backgrounds must come together and unite behind a common solution. When that happens, our nation flourishes. And those problems that once seemed deep and complex, suddenly don’t seem so insurmountable anymore. That’s why it was so disappointing to hear America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) ridiculous claim that my Read More >

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ICYMI: The Hill Op-ed on Ending 340B Abuse

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Writing in The Hill today, Ellen Weaver of the Palmetto Promise Institute and Lindsay Boyd of The Beacon Center of Tennessee call upon Congress to reform the 340B program, created by Congress more than two decades ago. The program aimed to help low-income and uninsured patients afford prescription medications. Qualified hospitals – originally, 90 truly charitable hospitals serving large at-risk populations – received large discounts on the medications they purchased. But, there was one loophole Read More >

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CDC’s Frieden: Private Sector Stepping up to Combat Zika, Congress Should Too

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Writing at the White House blog, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says his colleagues working in the CDC’s birth defect center tell him they’ve never seen such cause for alarm. “It’s been more than 50 years since we’ve discovered a birth defect linked to a virus – and never before have we seen this result from a mosquito bite.” While you can avoid travel to areas where Zika is spreading [map], there is no vaccine Read More >

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