Ivermectin Rx for COVID-19: Insurance coverage doesn’t match evidence (University of Michigan)

University of Michigan: Ivermectin Rx for COVID-19: Insurance coverage doesn’t match evidence. “Even though clinical trials haven’t shown it works against COVID-19, doctors continue to prescribe ivermectin – and a new study suggests health insurers are heavily subsidizing the cost of those prescriptions. The study’s authors call for insurers to align their coverage of the drug with the level of medical evidence surrounding it — just like they do for other medications, tests and procedures.”

Seattle Times: The days of full COVID coverage are over. Insurers are restoring deductibles and copays, leaving patients with big bills

Seattle Times: The days of full COVID coverage are over. Insurers are restoring deductibles and copays, leaving patients with big bills. “Jamie Azar left a rehab hospital in Tennessee last week with the help of a walker after spending the entire month of August in the ICU and on a ventilator. She had received a shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in mid-July but tested positive for the coronavirus within 11 days and nearly died. Now Azar, who earns about $36,000 a year as the director of a preschool at a Baptist church in Georgia, is facing thousands of dollars in medical expenses that she can’t afford.”

Health System Tracker: Most private insurers are no longer waiving cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment

Health System Tracker: Most private insurers are no longer waiving cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment. “In the last few months, the environment has shifted with safe and highly effective vaccines now widely available. In this brief, we once again review how many private insurers are continuing to waive patient cost sharing for COVID-19 treatment. We find that 72% of the two largest insurers in each state and DC (102 health plans) are no longer waiving these costs, and another 10% of plans are phasing out waivers by the end of October.”

ProPublica: “Trumpcare” Does Not Exist. Nevertheless Facebook and Google Cash In on Misleading Ads for “Garbage” Health Insurance.

ProPublica: “Trumpcare” Does Not Exist. Nevertheless Facebook and Google Cash In on Misleading Ads for “Garbage” Health Insurance.. “The thousands of ‘Trumpcare’ ads Facebook and Google have published show that the shadowy ‘lead generation’ economy has a happy home on the platforms — and even big names like UnitedHealthcare take part.”

New York Times: Major U.S. Health Insurers Report Big Profits, Benefiting From the Pandemic

New York Times: Major U.S. Health Insurers Report Big Profits, Benefiting From the Pandemic. “The nation’s leading health insurers are experiencing an embarrassment of profits. Some of the largest companies, including Anthem, Humana and UnitedHealth Group, are reporting second-quarter earnings that are double what they were a year ago. And while insurance profits are capped under the Affordable Care Act, with the requirement that consumers should benefit from such excesses in the form of rebates, no one should expect an immediate windfall.”

Vox: How Trump gave insurance companies free rein to sell bad health plans

Vox: How Trump gave insurance companies free rein to sell bad health plans. “Amid a raging pandemic and skyrocketing unemployment, those subpar plans are making a comeback. The US uninsured rate has begun ticking up again recently, and it’s poised to soar this year. As millions of Americans cope with the coronavirus crisis and lose their jobs and employer-sponsored health insurance, experts expect that many may undertake the same journey that Lawley did — and end up victims of misleading marketing, weak health insurance, and the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda.”

Health Insurers to Investors: We’re Good. Health Insurers to Lawmakers: Please Help. (ProPublica)

ProPublica: Health Insurers to Investors: We’re Good. Health Insurers to Lawmakers: Please Help.. “Executives at Cigna, the health insurance giant, have signaled to investors that the coronavirus pandemic isn’t hurting the company’s business and might actually be a boon. But that hasn’t stopped the trade group that represents Cigna and other health insurers in Washington from asking lawmakers for aid.”

Politico: White House still scrambling to cover virus treatment for the uninsured

Politico: White House still scrambling to cover virus treatment for the uninsured. “The White House pledged over two weeks ago to cover coronavirus treatment for uninsured Americans — but the administration still doesn’t have a plan for how to do it. Trump officials are still grappling with key questions about how exactly to implement the treatment fund, including how to determine if a patient qualifies for the new federal dollars, an administration source said. Adding to the challenge, they’re still figuring out how to divvy up funding that hospitals and physicians say is desperately needed.”

ProPublica: The $11 Million Dollar Medicare Tool That Gives Seniors the Wrong Insurance Information

ProPublica: The $11 Million Dollar Medicare Tool That Gives Seniors the Wrong Insurance Information. “The Trump administration redesigned the online Medicare Cost Finder for seniors to compare complex health insurance options. But consumer advocates have identified instances when the tool has malfunctioned and given inaccurate plan and price data.”

Variety: Patreon May Start Providing Loans to Creators, Among Other New Services

Variety: Patreon May Start Providing Loans to Creators, Among Other New Services. “Patreon, the subscription-based fan platform, is eyeing a range of new services to support creators — including potentially providing loans at some point, CEO Jack Conte said. Conte, speaking at Variety’s Entertainment & Technology Summit in L.A., said Patreon is considering ways to provide capital funding and other financial services to artists, as well as services like health insurance and HR support.”

Associations Now: American Academy Of Actuaries Launches Online Voter Guides

Associations Now: American Academy Of Actuaries Launches Online Voter Guides. “Not only does Memorial Day signal the start of summer, it also marks the moment when political campaigns for fall elections kick into high gear. This year, the American Academy of Actuaries is serving voters by launching its 2018: Making Issues Count, a website that provides a nonpartisan analysis of key issues. The website will be updated through Election Day on November 6…. The new website features election guides grouped in six different categories where actuaries have expertise—and on which voters can base their consideration of candidate positions. Issue areas covered include Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, health insurance coverage, long-term care, lifetime income and retirement risk, and climate risk.”

Crains New York: This new tool could help you save on health care

Crains New York: This new tool could help you save on health care. “The colorful site, which Crain’s previewed ahead of its Sept. 12 launch, offers options for calculating costs based on a single procedure or a full episode of care. It pairs its features with instructional videos so users know what they are looking at. Perhaps the most useful feature is the ability to compare costs by provider for some common procedures, including those associated with obstetrical care and orthopedics. However, users will have to go elsewhere for quality ratings.”

New York: NY State of Health Launches Online Tool Giving Consumers Access to Valuable Health Plan Information

New York: NY State of Health Launches Online Tool Giving Consumers Access to Valuable Health Plan Information. “The New York State Department of Health, in collaboration with NY State of Health, the state’s official health plan Marketplace, today announced the launch of the NYS Provider & Health Plan Look-Up, an online tool that consumers can use to research provider networks and health plans. With this tool, consumers shopping for health insurance can search for their preferred health care providers, including doctors and hospitals, to see which health plans have those providers in their network. … The NYS Provider & Health Plan Look-Up will initially include information on the health care providers that participate with plans offered on the NY State of Health Marketplace, including Qualified Health Plans, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus and Medicaid Managed Care.”