April 2017

Value-Based Insurance Design Benefit Offsets Reductions in Medication Adherence Associated with Switch to Deductible Plan

 
Health Affairs – M. Reed, E.M. Warton, M. Solomon, A. Karter

Enrollment in high-deductible health plans is increasing out-of-pocket spending. But innovative plans that pair deductibles with value-based insurance designs can help preserve low-cost access to high-value treatments for patients by aligning coverage with clinical value.

 

March 2017

HSAs to see explosive growth

 
EBN – Kathryn Mayer

Health savings accounts are becoming vastly more important for employees because they not only help with medical savings, but put workers on a better track for retirement, experts say.

 

February 2017

Republicans Want You in a Health Savings Account.  So Now What?

 
New York Times – Robert Neubecker

Major proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act promote health savings accounts, which do offer tax savings but are complex and favor the wealthy.

 

House Repbulicans Provide Policy Brief of their ACA Replacement Plan

 
Alegeus

February 16th, House Republican leaders held a closed-door meeting to discuss their ACA replacement plan and identify the components that could be included in the budget reconciliation bill. As expected, the components included in the repeal plan are very similar to the ACA repeal bill vetoed by President Obama in January of last year

 

HSAs Give Consumers Greater Control, Greater Savings

 
AHIP – Marilyn Tavenner

Health care costs – particularly out of control prescription drugs costs – continue to hurt too many families. To bring down costs, consumers need more choice and more control over their care and coverage – and that’s why Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are such an important tool.

 

With a High Deductible, Even a Doctor Can Shortchange His Health

 
The Washington Post – Dan Gorenstein

A Harvard health-policy expert faced a racing heartbeat and a $6,000 deductible on his insurance plan.  What did he do?

 

Health Savings Accounts Are Back In the Policy Spotlight

 
NPR – Julie Appleby

Republicans hope to expand the use of health savings accounts to encourage consumers to be more judicious in using their coverage.  How do the accounts work?

 

December 2016

Trump Plan to Increase Health Savings Accounts Should Ensure That They Do Not Only Benefit the Wealthy and Healthy

 
Health Affairs Blog – Kathryn Phillips

One of the reforms proposed as part of the Trump health platform is to “allow individuals to use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).” This increased emphasis on HSAs is a clarion call for more understanding about how to make HSAs work so that they are equitable, effective, and efficient.