Healthcare

Abandon Ship: UnitedHealth To Exit ‘Unsustainable’ Obamacare Exchanges In 34 States

Because Obamacare’s individual mandate is so weak, and because the Obama administration created various loopholes to juice enrollment numbers, people who sign up for exchange-based coverage have had the ability to come in and out of the system whenever they need someone to pay for their health care. UnitedHealth Group, America’s largest health insurer, announced that “over 20 percent of our enrollment base were folks that had joined us after enrollment,” increasing to 30 percent, and that these late enrollees were consuming 20 percent more health care than usual enrollees.

Gov. Jay Inslee Vetoes Major Parts of Bill to Improve Western State Hospital

On Tuesday Governor Inslee, a Democrat, vetoed several sections of Senate Bill 6656, including a portion that would have allowed psychiatric nurses with advanced degrees to fill vacant psychiatrist positions at the hospital. State Sen. Andy Hill, the Republican sponsor of the bill, said Inslee had nixed the measure’s most important reforms.

Washington State Exchange Comments on the Impact of Losing United Healthcare

This change will likely have little to no effect on the Exchange’s individual market where UHC had less than 2% of the enrollment. However, this will affect the Exchange’s small business marketplace With the loss of UHC, the Exchange does not anticipate continuing with a statewide SHOP in 2017. Rather, SHOP will “likely be limited to two counties in SW WA served by Kaiser.”

The Sugar Conspiracy

In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long?

State Options to Control Health Care Costs and Improve Quality

The innovations that some states are implementing to reduce costs while maintaining or improving quality can and should be replicated by other states. This report lays out a comprehensive summary of options that states can choose from to improve the quality and sustainability of their health care systems.

Diabetes Cases Have Quadrupled in Just Over 3 Decades

The WHO says that between 1980 and 2014, the percentage of adults with diabetes increased from 4.7% of the global population to 8.5% (from 108 million to 422 million). The rise, it says, mirrors “the global increase in the number of people who are overweight or obese.”

Legislature Approves Staffing Boost at Western State Hospital

A state budget deal contains enough money to add 51 nurses at Western State Hospital, where thin staffing has factored into unsafe conditions. It’s one of several steps the Legislature took to grapple with problems in the mental health system just before adjourning its work 19 days late.

Hold the Obamacare Celebrations

The drop in the number of Americans without insurance is the biggest accomplishment. But that decline has not been as large as originally estimated. Other people have seen their financial security reduced because of Obamacare.