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Should Government Officials Be Held Responsible For Failing To Protect Health?

In the aftermath of the Flint crisis, the question remains: Will the culture of neglect, especially regarding the health of poor people of color, continue?

February 22, 2017 | Population Health, Public Health

Parties Ask Court To Keep Cost-Sharing Reduction Payment Litigation On Hold (Updated)

The administration has apparently reimbursed the insurers for February and will likely keep paying them until the matter is resolved.

February 21, 2017 | Following the ACA

Economic Benefit Of Vaccines Highlighted In 2017 Bill & Melinda Gates Annual Letter

In their new Annual Letter, Bill and Melinda Gates are optimistic about progress in global health. And the most important factor in reducing childhood deaths is increasing global vaccination rates, they say.

Misleading Metrics

Metrics are intended to promote quality. But if they measure the wrong thing or are easy to manipulate, there can be serious consequences.

Solving The Rural Health Care Access Crisis With The Freestanding Emergency Center Care Model

A 2016 study identified over 650 rural hospitals vulnerable to closure in 42 states with 38 percent of 1,332 Critical Access Hospitals operating at a financial loss. Freestanding Emergency Centers present a practical solution to this crisis.

Request For Abstracts: The Practice Of Medicine

Health Affairs seeks submissions for a series of articles focusing on the practice of medicine that we will begin publishing in early 2017.

February 17, 2017 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

New Deadlines Give Insurers More Time To Decide On 2018 Marketplace Participation

On February 17, the Department released drafts of a proposed bulletin announcing new rate filing deadlines; a revised list of key dates for 2017; and an addendum to its 2018 letter to issuers in the federally facilitated marketplace released last December incorporating the new certification dates.

February 17, 2017 | Following the ACA, Insurance and Coverage

ACA Round-Up: House Replacement Principles, New Bills, And Coverage Rate Updates

Recent health reform developments include a House Republican Leadership policy brief outlining its favored approach to replacing the Affordable Care Act; new legislation regarding pre-existing conditions, health savings accounts, and association health plans; and new coverage estimates.

February 17, 2017 | Following the ACA, Insurance and Coverage

Can Employers Take A Bigger Role In Controlling Drug Costs?

Employees and employers alike continue to suffer from ‘sticker shock’ for prices for new drugs. While considerable attention has been paid to potential actions by Medicare or the FDA, there has been less focus on the role of private payers to solve the issue.

Aligning Philanthropy To Support Locally Driven Health Interventions Addressing Upstream Issues

The BUILD Health Challenge is bringing together nonprofits with local public health departments and hospitals to identify bold, upstream, innovative, local, and data-driven solutions to health problems. BUILD, supported by multiple funders, reports results from a project to help low-income kids...

February 16, 2017 | Costs and Spending, GrantWatch, Public Health