Center for Health Policy

How Primary Care Can Handle 15 Million Newly Insured Patients

A major concern that has been raised about millions of newly insured patients entering the healthcare system has been the strain on primary care. How will our primary care system handle so many new patients? First, it is important to recognize that the uninsured already use the healthcare system, typically at about 50% of their need. So, that means for every 100 newly insured patients, it is like adding 50 patients into the primary care system. Still, that number will be quite large, especially for certain areas of the country that have a severe shortage of primary care providers.

This article in the Atlantic details many different innovations that are in the “experimentation” stage. The takeaway is that this challenge of caring for newly insured patients represents an opportunity to transform our healthcare system from one that reactively provides sick care to one that proactively provides ‘health’ care.

How much will health insurance premiums cost in the Nebraska Insurance Marketplace?

The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released data on insurance premium rates for the 36 states in which HHS will support or fully run the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2014. HHS added a disclaimer to the release: “Plan data is in final stages but is still under review as of September 18 and may be revised in HHS systems before being displayed for consumers, so this information is subject to change.”

The report shows that the monthly premiums in Nebraska for a family of four will likely be:

  • $282 for those making $50,000 a year and getting federal subsidies
  • $744 for those making more than $94,200 a year and ineligible for federal subsidies

You can view data specific to Nebraska here.

If you would like to see what the rates will be in other states you can find it here.