Beth Kutscher reports The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act saved consumers $1.7 billion on health insurance premiums last year, an HHS report found. Meanwhile, a separate study found that ACA provisions squeezed insurers’ profits.
Atkinson Says DHHS Causing Problems for Health Care Providers, 9-13-13, News & Observer
John Frank and David Bracken report WakeMed CEO Bill Atkinson said that problems at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services are hurting health care providers, raising costs and delaying projects.
Healthcare Collaboration Aimed at Helping Patients, 9-13-13, WWAY NewsChannel 3
Sarah Murphy reports a new partnership in southeastern North Carolina will make it easier for physicians to share information they say will improve patient care.
North Carolina Loses One of Three Insurers Offering Plans on State Exchange, 9-13-13, MedCity News
Paul Woolverton reports a Moore County insurance company canceled its plans to offer health insurance to the general public through President Obama’s health care reform program.
‘Fragmented’ Cancer Care, 9-14-13, Modern Health Care
Jaimy Lee and Steven Ross Johnson report in a critical report, the Institute of Medicine said the nation’s “increasingly chaotic and costly” cancer-care system is in crisis and fails to deliver consistent care that is patient-centered, evidence-based and coordinated.
Obamacare D-Day Becomes a Soft Launch, 9-14-13, Politico
Jennifer Haberkorn reports for months all eyes have been on October 1 — the first day people can sign up for Obamacare. But as that day approaches, many people working on the nuts and bolts of the health law are tamping down any expectations of a sign-up stampede.
USA TODAY/Pew Poll: Health Care Law Faces Difficult Future, 9-16-13, USA Today
Susan Page reports Republican lawmakers have failed in dozens of attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but a new USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll shows just how difficult they have made it for President Obama’s signature legislative achievement to succeed.
Calling Obesity a Disease May Make It Easier To Get Help, 9-16-13, NPR
Patti Neighmond reports under the Affordable Care Act, more insurance plans are expected to start covering the cost of obesity treatments, including counseling on diet and exercise as well as medications and surgery, which most insurance companies don’t cover now.