Annual Healthcare Cost for Dallas Families Tops $20,000

According to the 2012 Milliman Medical Index, the annual household cost of healthcare for a typical Dallas family has cracked the $20,000 mark. The Seattle-based actuarial and consulting firm annually calculates the total cost of care for a family of four enrolled in an employee-sponsored PPO plan. The $20,435 annual cost in Dallas was just below the U.S. estimate of $20,728. The national figure includes $12,144 in employer-cover insurance costs and $8,584 paid by the family—including $5,155 in insurance premiums paid by the employee whose family is covered by the plan, and $3,470 in out-of-pocket expenses. Dallas costs rose 7.1… Full Story

HRSA’s 340B Prime Vendor Renews Contract

The Health Resources and Services Administration has decided to continue its relationship with Apexus by renewing for another year as part of the agreement to advance the 340B Prime Vendor Program as its first completion of its three one-year renewal options. “We are pleased to continue our relationship with HRSA,” said Christopher Hatwig, vice president at Apexus in a statement. “As the government’s prime vendor for the 340B program, we believe the program is an essential federal program, and we are committed to providing value to the eligible organizations we serve. Since our partnership began, in addition to regulatory discounts… Full Story