A new study finds that patients with serious illnesses who visit the hospital and emergency department frequently typically do so over a short period of time. The researchers say the findings contradict previous studies that have shown such patients use health care services intensely over the long term. Kaiser Health News, FierceHealthcare.
A new Deloitte survey finds that 30% of exchange enrollees are satisfied with their plan, compared with 42% of respondents with employer-sponsored plans, 48% of Medicaid beneficiaries and 58% of Medicare beneficiaries. Meanwhile, 14% of exchange enrollees said they are "not satisfied" with their coverage. Washington Times, The Hill.
The Obama administration is pressing state regulators to reduce insurers' requests for large premium increases for 2016 plans offered through the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchange. Some insurers, including three in New Jersey, are seeking double-digit premium increases. New York Times et al.