Most Highly Ranked Hospitals Are In-Network for at Least One Marketplace Plan, Robert Wood Johnson Report Finds
A review of highly ranked hospitals' participation in Marketplace plans found that more than 95% of those included on the U.S. News and World Reports "Best Regional Hospital" list were in-network for at least one Marketplace plan, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. However, between 2015 and 2016, the percentage of hospitals that were in-network for only one Marketplace plan increased from 7% to 20%, and nearly 6 in 10 hospitals reduced the number of plans for which they were in-network. According to the report, Hospitals in metropolitan areas (where the population is greater than 1 million) were more likely to reduce the number of Marketplace plans for which they were in-network.
1 Million Children Gain Coverage Between 2013 and 2014, According to SHADAC Report
Though adults were the primary target of the ACA's coverage expansions, the uninsurance rate for children under age 19 decreased from 7.5% in 2013 to 6.3% in 2014, driven by a general enhanced awareness of public coverage options and direct outreach to families eligible for Medicaid, CHIP or subsidies through Marketplaces, according to a new report by the University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center. Some of the largest coverage gains were made by groups of children that have historically had the highest rates of uninsurance: low-income, Hispanic, and non-white children. Twenty-three states saw a significant decrease in the number of uninsured children and no state saw a significant increase. Nevada experienced the highest percentage-point decline in its children's uninsured rate with a drop of 4.4 percentage points. California had the largest decline in the number of uninsured children (approximately 210,000). Nearly half of the remaining 5 million uninsured children reside in six states: Texas, California, Florida, Georgia, Arizona, and New York.
Kentucky: Former Governor Launches Campaign Against Current Governor's Healthcare Agenda
Former Governor Steve Beshear (D) announced the launch of his 501(c)(4) organization, Save Kentucky Healthcare, which will campaign to preserve Medicaid expansion and kynect, the State-based Marketplace, both implemented under his administration. Recent reports found these reforms to have had significant economic and health benefits to the State and that they are supported by the majority of Kentuckians. Governor Matt Bevin (R), who campaigned on dismantling these initiatives, has already begun the process of transitioning kynect to HealthCare.gov and has formed a committee to lead the redesign of the Medicaid program.