Friday Links

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ACA: In peril with Ginsburg’s seat in play RCT: App to help you quit smoking DCE: Framing bias? pCODR: Do they care about patient advocate input? CRFB: On the fiscal impact of the Biden health plan Source link […]

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Trump Approves Final Plan to Import Drugs From Canada ‘for a Fraction of the Price’

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President Donald Trump, outlining his “America First Health Plan” Thursday, announced that his administration will allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canada. The final plan clears the way for Florida and other states to implement a program bringing medications across the border despite the strong objections of drugmakers and the Canadian government. Florida, the […]

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Steps Health Professionals Can Take to Reduce Inequality in Health Outcomes

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That is the title of an article in AJMC co-authored with Meena Venkatachalam. An excerpt is below: While decision-makers traditionally have ignored the issue of inequality, academic researchers have already developed tools to quantify a treatment’s value from reductions in inequality. Two common methods for doing so are distributional cost effectiveness analysis (DCEA) and multiple-criteria […]

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Are HRAs health insurance?

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Are HRAs health insurance? Let’s get right to the answer…no. In general, HRA is an umbrella term for any legal arrangement between an employer and their employees to reimburse for medical expenses and/or insurance premiums on a tax-free basis. Under this arrangement, employees purchase their own health insurance on the open market and then submit […]

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Should I offer a stipend in lieu of health insurance?

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For employers, it makes sense to evaluate all your options when it comes to pricey benefits and employee coverage. How do HRAs stack up against some of the more traditional options of offering health benefits like group plans, health stipends or pay increases? It’s a fair question. The key difference rests in the tax savings […]

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What is an HRA medical plan?

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An HRA medical plan is a popular alternative to traditional group plans. Think of an HRA (or health reimbursement arrangement) as a 401(K) style benefit that puts the power in the hands of employees, thus shifting the risk from the employer and offering more personalization and choice for workers. A health reimbursement arrangement is a […]

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