New Survey Reinforces the Consumer Paradox Trend in Health Care Spending

A new survey out this week by the National Business on Group Health (NBGH) examines health care benefit cost growth for employer-based health insurance in 2015, polling nearly 400 large employers across the U.S.  The survey finds that employers expect to limit their benefit cost growth to 5 percent, below their 2014 growth rate.  One of the key reasons cited by employers in lowering their cost growth rate is shifting greater burden and cost-sharing responsibility onto the consumer. The CEO of NBGH adds: “Our survey shows that many employers are, in fact, taking necessary steps to rein in costs. This includes [...] Read More »

Veterans Are A Giant Step Closer Toward Obtaining Timely, High-Quality Health Care

America’s veterans are a giant step closer toward obtaining the timely, high-quality health care that they richly deserve, thanks to legislation resulting from the outstanding dedication and hard work of the Veterans’ Affairs Congressional conference committee. The FAH strongly supports this crucial legislation and commends these Senators and Representatives for approving a meaningful compromise to help veterans get the care they need when they need it. The hospital community applauds the Senators and Representatives serving on the committee, along with numerous other Members of Congress, for their steadfast and ongoing commitment to America’s heroes. In particular, we deeply appreciate the decisive leadership [...] Read More »

Improvements in Medicare Outlook Reinforce Health Care Spending Slowdown

Today, the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds released their annual report on the financial status of the two federal programs. The trustees report an improvement in the outlook for the Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund, extending expectations of funding from last year’s report an additional four years into 2030. The report also attributes these improved projections in Medicare to lower spending on hospital services: “The improvement in the outlook for HI long-term finances is principally due to lower-than-expected spending in 2013 for most HI service categories, which reduced the base period expenditure level about 1.5 [...] Read More »