Health plans say that without an effective coverage requirement people will wait until they get sick to buy coverage, and that will raise premiums for everyone else. "People will drop coverage and those who stay in would see rate shock," Karen Ignagni, president of America's Health Insurance Plans.
The FDA has granted marketing clearance to Israeli firm KarmelSonix for its WheezoMeter, a device that can quantify the rate of wheezing in asthma patients. The product is already approved in Europe and Australia.
GE Healthcare has introduced its Carescape Monitor B850, a device that allows health care providers to easily track electrocardiograms, electronic health records and diagnostic images of patients. The product, which coordinates medical records from various systems, already is approved by the FDA.
Utah's insurance exchange is targeted toward small business but is not like the exchange developed in Massachusetts or any proposals in Congress. The Utah program allows employers to pay a specific amount of money toward employee medical coverage rather than buying a coverage plan for the company.
AHIP President Karen Ignagni also discussed the proposal in a Newsmaker session with USA TODAY. "This is a major step, and it changes everything about how the market works," she said. Read a live blog of the session.