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Half of patients denied insurance coverage of new cholesterol drugs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A pair of cholesterol-lowering drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors were controversial as soon as they hit the market in 2015. They cost an average $14,300 a year, and prescriptions require prior authorization by health insurance companies — which a new study shows isn’t a guarantee.

Only 47 […]

October 30th, 2017|Categories: Cholesterol, Health, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Half of patients denied insurance coverage of new cholesterol drugs

Affordable Care Act linked to fewer cardiac arrests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fewer cardiac arrests in Portland and the surrounding county may be the result of the Affordable Care Act, new research suggests.

In a study of emergency medical services in an urban Oregon county before and after the Affordable Care Act, researchers found the incidence of cardiac arrest […]

Health groups say CBO report shows healthcare bill puts patients last

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A group of patient and consumer groups urged the Senate on Thursday to scrap the House-passed bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

“[The Congressional Budget Office’s] new score of the [American Health Care Act] should seal its fate as a flawed bill that needs to […]

May 25th, 2017|Categories: Health, Patients|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Health groups say CBO report shows healthcare bill puts patients last

Insurance companies may now consider bariatric surgery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Recent guidelines recommending bariatric surgery for obese people with Type 2 diabetes could convince more insurance companies to green-light the procedure.

“I think these guidelines will encourage insurers to provide coverage for this kind of surgery for some diabetic patients who are having so […]