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An examination of surprise medical bills and proposals to protect consumers from them

An examination of surprise medical bills and proposals to protect consumers from them

The term “surprise medical bill” describes charges arising when an insured person inadvertently receives care from an out-of-network provider. Surprise medical bills can arise in an emergency when the patient has no ability to select the emergency room, treating physicians, …

How affordability of health care varies by income among people with employer coverage

How affordability of health care varies by income among people with employer coverage

The affordability of health insurance and health care continue to be key public concerns.  While recent policy discussions have largely focused on the adequacy of financial assistance for those covered in ACA marketplaces and the nongroup market, millions of people …

What are the recent and forecasted trends in prescription drug spending?

What are the recent and forecasted trends in prescription drug spending?

The cost of prescription drugs has become a hot-button issue with consumers and policymakers.  One in four people taking prescription drugs report difficulty affording their medication and recent Kaiser Family Foundation opinion polling has found bipartisan support for government action …

What are recent trends and characteristics of workers with high drug spending?

What are recent trends and characteristics of workers with high drug spending?

Prescription drug spending grew rapidly between 2014 and 2015, but increases have been more modest recently. Several studies by the federal government, pharmacy benefit managers, and insurers point to high prices for new “specialty” drugs as driving the spike, in …