Healthcare News August 7, 2012

  • HHS: No change in premiums for Medicare drug benefit

    Premiums aren’t expected to rise next year for Medicare’s prescription-drug benefit.

  • Perry caught in Medicaid contradiction

    Perry says Texas won’t participate in the Medicaid expansion, but his plan to defund Planned Parenthood relies on expanded Mediciad.

  • Obama touts new funds for community health centers

    President Obama and his administration touted the Affordable Care Act on Monday as they kicked off National Health Center Week.

    Obama issued a proclamation Monday to officially recognize the annual Health Center Week. He highlighted investments that his signature healthcare law has made in community health centers.

    Between the healthcare law and the stimulus, Obama said, his administration has helped community health centers serve 3 million more patients.

  • Businesses predict 7 percent jump in healthcare costs

    Businesses expect their healthcare costs to grow by about 7 percent next year — a bigger jump than they’ve seen in the past three years — according to a new survey.

    The National Business Group on Health, which conducted the survey, did not directly attribute the expected jump to President Obama’s healthcare law, though it noted that employers are changing their health plans to comply with the new law.

    Sixty percent of employers surveyed said they plan to shift more healthcare costs to employees, but most said their workers’ costs would rise by less than 5 percent next year. Companies are also trying to cut costs by beefing up programs that reward workers for healthy behavior.

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