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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      January 18, 2017
  
2018 Future Care Web Summit
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  "We concluded that our ambitions for better health and a better health system are best achieved through investment in ways that will make health care far more affordable and of far higher quality." 

 
-David Wichmann, UnitedHealth Group CEO
 
Factoid
 
  The percentage of U.S. adults without health insurance was essentially unchanged in the fourth quarter of 2017, at 12.2%, but it is up 1.3 percentage points from the record low of 10.9% found in the last quarter of 2016. The 1.3-point increase in the uninsured rate during 2017 is the largest single-year increase Gallup and Sharecare have measured since beginning to track the rate in 2008, including the period before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect. That 1.3 point increase represents an estimated 3.2 million Americans who entered the ranks of the uninsured in 2017.

Source: Gallup, "Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index"
 
   
News 
  Trump Tweets CHIP Should Not be in Short-Term Funding Bill
The Hill, January 18, 2018
 
Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own
NY Times, January 18, 2018

Lawmakers Weigh Measure to Fight High Drug Prices
The Hill, January 17, 2018
 
UnitedHealth Expects $1.7B Windfall from Tax Law
The Hill, January 16, 2018

Opioid Crisis Blamed for Sharp Increase in Accidental Deaths in U.S.
NPR, January 17, 2018
  
U.S. Healthcare Uninsured Rises Most in Near Decade: Gallup
Reuters, January 16, 2018
 
Trump's Tax Cuts Will Boost UnitedHealth's Profits By $1.7 Billion
Forbes, January 16, 2018

Ranks of ACA Market Insurers Plummet Despite On-Pace Enrollment
Healthcare Finance News, January 15, 2018
 
NIH Wants 1 Million Americans to Contribute to New Pool of Gene Data
The Washington Post, January 16, 2018
  
Medicaid Work Mandate Will Create Uncertainty in Some States
PBS, January 14, 2018
  
 
 
Blogs
  Uninsured Rate Rose In 2017
Health Affairs, January 17, 2018
 
Healthcare Reform Not Advanced by False Facts, Simplistic Solutions
Mad River Union, January 13, 2018
 
 
    
HealthshareTV video
 

 
William Tierney, MD, discusses "How We Pay for Healthcare Is the Problem"   Hatch Speaks on Senate Floor on CHIP Extension, Obamacare Tax Delays

"First, the House bill would extend funding for the Childrenís Health Insurance Program for six years, which is the longest extension since the creation of the program. As Iím sure you know, Mr. President, I am the original author of the CHIP program. Twenty years ago, Senator Ted Kennedy joined with me to draft the original CHIP legislation and to move it through Congress on a bipartisan basis.  "

 
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Healthsprocket List 
 
  Gallup: % of Uninsured U.S. Adults
 
1. Ages 18-64: 12.2% in Q4 2017
2. Ages 18-25: 16.7% in Q4 2017
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Source: Gallup
 
      
 
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