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Consumer-Directed Plans Surge as Employers Try to Control Costs
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor for HealthLeaders Media

More than half of employers plan to offer consumer-directed health plans in 2011. The top payers will excel at marketing them to a narrow and profitable demographic. But how reform legislation may affect these plans remains to be seen.[Read More]
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  August 25, 2010

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Does Healthcare Pricing Matter?
Another analysis of consumer-directed healthcare comes from HealthLeaders columnist Elyas Bakhtiari. He writes that only a little more than one-quarter of CFOs in this year's HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey said CDH was a primary concern for their revenue stream in the next three years. Even those that agree with the principles of consumer-directed reform, says Bakhtiari, have come to realize that the current system isn't transparent enough to send clear market signals. [Read More]
Insurance Industry Sues to Halt Anti-Rescission Rules in CA
California insurance regulators said last week that they will fight a lawsuit filed by a group of 38 insurance companies who seek to invalidate new rules to prevent health policy rescissions. The rules "impose new costs, inconvenience, and privacy intrusions on consumers," a spokesperson for the industry group said. But California's Insurance Commissioner called the lawsuit "unconscionable." and accused its leaders of having "their heads permanently stuck in the sand. Illegal rescissions are a repugnant industry practice. In this current environment this lawsuit is simply short-sighted and morally wrong." [Read More]
GAO: HRA Healthcare Spending Less than Other Health Plans
Enrollees in a health reimbursement arrangement—a consumer-directed health plan that combines a high-deductible health plan with a tax advantaged account—were found in both public and private plans to spend less on healthcare annually than those enrolled in other types of health plans, according to the Government Accountability Office. [Read More]
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