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Health Care Reform Watch

Jan 17, 2021

A Message From the Editor

One interesting area of health care to watch as the COVID pandemic runs its course is health care staffing. As hospitals grapple with surging demand, nurses and frontline workers are increasingly overworked and stressed--and they're demanding change. What impact would health care unionization efforts have on patient care in the long run? Get the details below.

To understand how the rapidly evolving health care landscape is changing employer-sponsored health care and benefits, join us at this year's Broker Expo. Better yet, check out our call for presenters and join us as a speaker.

– Emily Payne, BenefitsPRO managing editor


Pharmacy association files suit to block Trump administration's rebate rule

By Alan Goforth

The association says the rebate rule will increase Medicare Part D premiums as well as significantly increase costs... Read More


Tennessee gets approval for first Medicaid block grant

By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News

Instead of the open-ended federal funding that rises with higher enrollment and health costs, Tennessee will instead... Read More

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New EEOC rules severely restrict wellness incentives

By Al Lewis

Don't jump to outcomes-based programs just because you can get a quick "employer cost savings." Read More


10 health insurance and employee benefit trends for 2021

By Richard Binder

After a tumultuous 2020, Aite Group predicts what the health insurance and voluntary benefits landscape will look like... Read More


Telemedicine growth: Not all demographics are equally enthusiastic

By Alan Goforth

Those who were older, female, Black, Latnix or had lower household income were less likely to use telemedicine, according... Read More


COVID drives increased interest in health care worker unions

By Aneri Pattani, Kaiser Health News

Many workers say employers and government systems that are meant to protect them have failed. Read More

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Pandemic job losses hitting women working in health care harder than men

By Dan Cook

While calls back to work have still left 36,000 men unemployed, 530,000 jobs are still missing for women, according... Read More


5 areas the health care industry must improve in 2021

By Bird Blitch

The pandemic has shown us what happens to health care providers that have been laggards in digital transformation efforts. Read More

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