Healthcare

Most of the work of Consumers Council, from utilities to personal finance, has a strong indirect impact on the social determinants of health and overall health outcomes. In addition, the organization is engaged in opposing the privatization of Medicare, advocated in support of Medicaid expansion in Missouri, and successfully completed a number of short-term projects to leverage the value of the Affordable Care Act in helping consumers.

Articles regarding consumer healthcare issues from Consumers Council of Missouri.

Another Pitfall of Medicare Advantage

NPR Weekend Edition Story explains why enrolling in Medicare Advantage may make it difficult to switch to Traditional Medicare. https://www.npr.org/2024/01/07/1223353604/older-americans-say-they-feel-trapped-in-medicare-advantage-plans

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Demystifying Medicare Webinar – Dr. Ed Weisbart, CCM Board President

In September 2023, Dr. Ed Weisbart gave an informative presentation on Medicare enrollment options and the differences between Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Dr. Weisbart is the board president of Consumers Council and is also the national board secretary and MO chapter chair of Physicians for a National Health Program, a non-profit non-partisan organization of more than 25,000 physicians and other healthcare advocates in support of a publicly financed, non-profit single-payer...

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Policy in the Pandemic: Housing Security Policies Reduce U.S. COVID-19 Infection Rates

https://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/articles/policy-pandemic-housing-security-policies-reduce-us-covid-19-infection-rates As the impact of COVID-19 grows in the United States, the lack of vaccines or effective treatment, coupled with anticipated subsequent outbreaks, has made it necessary to adopt unprecedented policy interventions across many aspects of daily life. Now many people are facing financial challenges resulting from these interventions and are struggling to pay housing and utility...

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Missouri Policies Allow Consumers to Be Overcharged for Drugs

Jefferson City — Believe it or not, generic medicines can be less expensive than co-pays, making them cheaper to buy outright than with insurance – but your pharmacist may be banned from telling you that. The cost difference doesn’t go to the pharmacist, it doesn’t go to the drug manufacturer, it goes to the middleman: the drug benefit manager. That payback is called a clawback. Clawbacks can range from $2 to $30 a prescription, boosting profits while unfairly charging consumers....

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Letter to the Director of Insurance – Rate Review 2018

Chlora Lindley-MyersDirector, Missouri Department of InsuranceTruman State Office Building, Room 530Jefferson City, MO 65102 Director Lindley-Meyers: Attached are the complete comments from Consumers Council of Missouri on proposed individual rate increases for 2018. We commend the Department along with the carriers for ensuring that all counties in MO have ACA coverage, leaving no Missouri consumer without any options. Three companies will be offering insurance on the exchange in...

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Report Card: 2018 MO Health Insurance Increases

Consumers Council of Missouri has completed a formal review of proposed 2018 health insurance rates in the state of Missouri. This marks the first year the Missouri Department of Insurance has the authority to review rates and CCM is calling for the Department to deem each of the rates hikes “unreasonable.” Three companies will be offering insurance on the exchange in Missouri in 2018: Cigna, Healthy Alliance (Anthem) and Celtic (Centene, new to the MO exchange). Proposed rate increases are...

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Health Insurance Rate Review 2018

Consumers Council of Missouri has completed a complete review of proposed 2018 health insurance rates in the state of Missouri.

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The MO Exchange: Steep Rate Hikes Expected

Proposed rates for the 2018 Missouri health insurance exchange were released on Friday by the Missouri Department of Insurance. While the Department and our state’s carriers both deserve credit for ensuring that all counties in MO have ACA coverage, this comes at significant cost. Requested increases average between 35 and 42% according to a review by the Department and as reported here. What makes these increases even worse is that they come with compromised transparency to the general...

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