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Transcending Obamacare: A Patient-Centered Plan for Near-Universal Coverage and Permanent Fiscal Solvency By Avik Roy Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, August 2014 The proposal contained herein — dubbed the Universal Exchange Plan (“the Plan”) — seeks to substantially repair both sets of health-policy problems: those caused by the ACA and those that predate it. The […]

Compensation for health insurance executives

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Report: Health Law Ups Taxes On Insurers With Big Pay Packages By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News, August 27, 2014 While average compensation for top health insurance executives hit $5.4 million each last year (up from $5.1 million in 2012), a little-noticed provision in the federal health law sharply reduced insurers’ ability to shield much […]

Operator? Business, Insurer Take On End-of-Life Issues By Phone By Elana Gordon, WHYY Kaiser Health News, August 27, 2014 Kate Schleicher, 27,  is a licensed clinical social worker, who knows almost as little about you as you do about her. Except she knows your phone number, your insurance provider and that you are pretty sick. […]

Loving and Hating Obamacare With One Muddled Mind By Jonathan Bernstein Bloomberg View, August 25, 2014 E.J. Dionne has a nice column pointing out that while “Obamacare” remains unpopular, most of the provisions are well-liked, and thus Democrats should run on the issue. As regular readers know, I certainly agree that the individual components of […]

By Don McCanne August 25, 2014 This weekend numerous organizations dedicated to single payer reform assembled in Oakland, California for the 2014 National Strategy Conference. Participating organizations included Healthcare NOW!, Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Healthcare, One Payer States, National Nurses United, Physicians for a National Health Program, Progressive Democrats of America, and many others. So […]

CMMI blows a billion dollars on a flawed study

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Project Evaluation Activity in Support of Partnership for Patients: Task 2 Evaluation Progress Report Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)Submitted 7/10/2014 The Partnership for Patients (PfP) campaign was launched in April 2011 with the ambitious goals of reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) by 40 percent and 30-day hospital readmissions by 20 percent. To reduce […]

Medicare Advantage Is More Expensive, but It May Be Worth It By Austin Frakt The New York Times, August 18, 2014 Medicare Advantage plans — private plans that serve as alternatives to the traditional, public program for those that qualify for it — underperform traditional Medicare in one respect: They cost 6 percent more. But […]

Avalere study of proposed copper plans

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Study Shows “Copper Plan” Would Lower Premiums by 18 Percent Bill by Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) would expand employer health coverage Council for Affordable Health Coverage, August 18, 2014 The Council for Affordable Health Coverage today released an estimate by Avalere Health LLC showing that legislation to permit a new, less expensive tier of insurance […]

Small Primary Care Physician Practices Have Low Rates Of Preventable Hospital Admissions By Lawrence P. Casalino, Michael F. Pesko, Andrew M. Ryan, Jayme L. Mendelsohn, Kennon R. Copeland, Patricia Pamela Ramsay, Xuming Sun, Diane R. Rittenhouse and Stephen M. Shortell Health Affairs, August 13, 2014 (online) The Affordable Care Act and initiatives by private health […]

To:  Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services From:  Over 300 patient advocacy groups Letter, July 28, 2014 Based on reports of enrollee experiences during the first year of Marketplace implementation, we have identified a number of concerns. These include discriminatory benefit designs that limit access, such as restrictive formularies and inadequate provider networks; […]

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