October 15, 2021
Access & Coverage
  • A federal appeals court rejected the Biden administration’s latest attempt to stop a Texas law that bans abortions once cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks. The ruling marks the third time the conservative-leaning appeals court has sided with Texas and let the restrictions stand. (Articles here, here, here, and here)
  • A study from the Commonwealth Fund suggests that Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries have a comparable care experience to those in traditional Medicare. However, MA plans have more personalized care. For example, 76 percent of MA beneficiaries surveyed have discussed their goals for caring for a condition with their health care professional over the past year compared with 60 percent for those in traditional Medicare. And, 91 percent of those in MA plans have reviewed in the past year their medications with their physician compared to 84 percent for Medicare beneficiaries. (Issue brief here; Article here)