SJ Mercury News: Stanford study: Moving some public workers to Obamacare could save billions

By Tracy Seipel Shifting hundreds of thousands of state and local government workers to less expensive coverage under the new health care law would save California about $1.4 billion a year, according to a study released this month by a group of Stanford University academics. Taxpayers could save almost $12 billion a year nationwide if … Continue reading

USA Today: New care organizations save $380 million in first year

Kelly Kennedy Groups were created as part of the health care law to save money in Medicare. (Photo: Mattthew Septimus, Montefiore Medical Center) STORY HIGHLIGHTS The organizations focus on keeping patients out of the hospital Organizations bundle payments and use a team approach Intent is to stop using the fee-for-service payment system WASHINGTON — The … Continue reading

The Hill: HHS: ObamaCare provision saved consumers $1.2 billion

By Sam Baker       Consumers have saved $1.2 billion because of provisions in ObamaCare that strengthen oversight of insurance premiums, the administration said Thursday.   The healthcare law provided $250 million in grants to help states bolster their review of insurers’ rates. It also gave the federal government the power to review certain premium increases … Continue reading

The Hill: Unified Medicare benefit would save billions, study says

By Elise Viebeck – 05/06/13 05:00 PM ET   Combining Medicare coverage under a unified benefit could save $180 billion over 10 years while lowering out-of-pocket costs for beneficiaries, according to a new study. Researchers with the Commonwealth Fund, a non-profit research foundation, proposed a simplified Medicare program in which beneficiaries receive hospital, physician, drug and supplemental … Continue reading

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