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Marketplace Sign-ups Increased by 21% in 2022

Forty-seven states saw Marketplace enrollment increase, ranging from 1% in Rhode Island to 42% in Texas. In 20 states, enrollment increased by more than 20%.

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Providing an Equal Number of Free COVID-19 Tests to U.S. Households Results in Inequitable Access

Hispanic, Asian, and Black people are more likely than White people to live in households with more than four people, where not everyone will receive a free COVID-19 test from the federal government.

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Monthly Part B Premiums and Annual Percentage Increases

The $21.60 increase in 2022 is the largest in dollar terms since the start of the program, even though premiums have risen faster in percentage terms on three other occasions in the last 20 years

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Before New Ban, the Prevalence of Surprise Bills

Patients with certain conditions appear to be at higher risk for receiving surprise bills. They should be aware of new federal protections against surprise bills and know how to seek out help if they have improperly received one.

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A Year of Vaccine Inequity

Just 7% of low-income countries’ populations have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of December 20, well behind the 40% target for 2021.

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How Build Back Better Would Affect Drug Costs

Provisions in the bill that would lower prescription drug costs and reduce federal drug spending would take effect over the next several years, starting in 2023.

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State Restrictions on Telehealth Abortion

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, many states will quickly move to restrict or ban abortions. People seeking an abortion who live in those states may be able to access medication abortion via telehealth if their state does not restrict it and if they are within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

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The Legal Battle Against Federal Vaccine Mandates

Twenty-seven states have joined lawsuits challenging at least one aspect of the Biden administration’s vaccination requirements, but the vast majority are part of multiple lawsuits.

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The Challenge of Reaching the Unvaccinated

Across eight news sources tested, fewer than a third of unvaccinated adults trust any of them for information on COVID-19.

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10 Years of Hospital Readmissions Penalties

Over the 10-year lifetime of a Medicare program aimed at reducing hospital readmissions, 93% of eligible hospitals have been penalized at least once. Hospital readmissions have become less frequent, and most experts attribute that partly to the financial threat of the penalties, though other factors likely contributed to the improvements.

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