US government encourages insurance companies to advance pay health care providers

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After a massive cyberattack, the government hopes insurers will make advance payments. The US government has called for insurance companies to choose to voluntarily send advance payments to health care providers who were affected by a massive cyberattack. The attack caused a disruption to the processing systems with insurers. According to the US government, the cyberattack had a “significant impact” and it is hoping that insurance companies will choose to send advance payments to health care providers in light of what happened.  The attack impacted Change Healthcare, a UnitedHealth Group…

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PGA seeks health insurance plan funding for producers

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The Producers Guild of America is making the request to the industry. The Producers Guild of America (PGA) reached out to the industry earlier this month to request funding for health insurance coverage for the working producers in Hollywood. The PGA used its annual awards ceremony as its platform to reach the industry The PGA was speaking to streamers, studios, and other content companies at a large scale for their assistance in providing funding for health insurance for “qualified producers” through the line items of production budgets for movies and…

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Could Substantial Incentives Trigger a Nationwide Expansion of Medicaid?

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In the decade since the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) inception, a critical coverage gap remains in the health insurance landscape. This gap prevails in the 10 states withholding the ACA Medicaid expansion, affecting 1.5 million uninsured individuals. In this detailed analysis, we investigate who is affected, the potential for expanded coverage, and examine new economic incentives that may prompt a shift towards the adoption of Medicaid expansion in remaining states. Understanding the Health Insurance Coverage Gap The ‘Coverage Gap’ is a situation in some states where adults can’t get Medicaid…

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Health insurance companies can’t use AI for Medicare

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Newly released federal guidelines say that artificial intelligence can’t make all the choices. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have released new guidance for health insurance companies to protect Medicare Advantage (MA) against bias from artificial intelligence (AI). The CMS is the federal agency overseeing Medicaid, Medicare and other programs CMS oversees the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare and Medicaid. It recently issued a policy memo to insurers in which it banned them from using algorithmic systems or AI exclusively to decide on…

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New Louisiana Law Requires Insurers to Cover Smoking Cessation Treatments

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Louisiana has taken a bold step in promoting public health with a groundbreaking new law. According to this report, the aforementioned law mandates health insurance coverage for six months of smoking cessation treatment. Historically, the state has been lagging behind in terms of providing tobacco cessation treatments and removing barriers to accessing treatments. In its 2023 State of Tobacco Control report, the American Lung Association scored Louisiana an “F” in funding for tobacco prevention and cessation and a “D” in access to cessation services. What this law means for Louisianan…

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