Wednesday, February 19, 2014

FDA: It's not too late for an influenza vaccination
It is not too late to get the flu vaccine, the FDA is telling people. While virus activity usually peaks in January and February, it can continue well into May. Meanwhile, development on next year's flu vaccine is underway. "Influenza viruses can change from year to year, due to different subtypes and strains that circulate each year," said Marion Gruber, leader of the FDA Office of Vaccines Research and Review. The Washington Times

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

ACA coverage gap raises concerns in some states
Close to 5 million Americans are estimated to fall into a coverage gap created in states that declined to expand Medicaid eligibility. Those affected have incomes too low to qualify for Affordable Care Act tax credits and subsidies but too high for Medicaid without the expansion of eligibility. That has some governors reconsidering their states' decision not to expand Medicaid programs. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/10)

Monday, February 3, 2014

White House considers rules for out-of-network care
President Barack Obama said his administration is considering ways to ensure that patients being actively treated for a medical condition do not lose access to their doctors when they change health insurance. The administration has encouraged but has not required insurers to continue covering doctors patients saw under prior coverage even if those doctors do not participate in the new plan's network. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Washington Wire blog