Social Insurance: America’s Neglected Heritage and Contested Future By Theodore R. Marmor, Jerry L. Mashaw and John Pakutka (Published by CQ Press, October 15, 2013)) The United States has a relatively comprehensive system of social insurance. Our programs of social provision begin with a bedrock assumption: family income will generally come from work wages or […]
New Medicaid Enrollees In Oregon Report Health Care Successes And Challenges By Heidi Allen, Bill J. Wright and Katherine Baicker Health Affairs, February 2014 In 2008 Oregon used a lottery to expand its Medicaid program for low-income adults, Oregon Health Plan Standard (OHP). For this study we conducted 120 qualitative interviews among Oregon residents who […]
ACOs saving some money, but Medicare is short on details By Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News, January 31, 2014 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] announced Thursday that, overall, provider groups involved in Medicare ACO programs saved a total of $380 million in the first year. Sounds like a lot of money, but […]
The group that got health care passed is packing up and going home By Harold Pollack The Washington Post, January 5, 2014 Harold Pollack: [S]ingle-payer folks … might ask: “Wouldn’t we have a better system if we had a single payer? Why didn’t HCAN [Health Care for America Now] and its friends push for that?” […]
Opting Out Of Medicaid Expansion: The Health And Financial Impacts By Sam Dickman, David Himmelstein, Danny McCormick, and Steffie Woolhandler Health Affairs Blog, January 30, 2014 The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed to increase access to health insurance by: 1) requiring states to expand Medicaid eligibility to people with incomes less than 138 percent […]
Dr. Coburn Unveils Obamacare Replayment – Patient CARE Act – with Senators Burr and Hatch Senator Tom Coburn January 27, 2014 Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.), and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) unveiled the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act – a legislative plan that repeals Obamacare and then replaces […]
Financial Burden of Medical Care: A Family Perspective By Robin A. Cohen, Ph.D., and Whitney K. Kirzinger, M.P.H. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, January 2014 Recently published data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) found that 1 in 5 persons was in a family having problems paying medical […]
Hospital Chain Said to Scheme to Inflate Bills By Julie Creswell and Reed Abelson The New York Times, January 23, 2014 Health Management Associates, a for-profit hospital chain based in Naples, Fla., kept tabs on an internal strategy that regulators and others say was intended to increase admissions, regardless of whether a patient needed hospital […]
The Better Care, Lower Cost Act Senator Ron Wyden January 15, 2014 Medicare is not doing enough to take care of chronically ill patients, and the limitations of the fee-for-service system inhibit a needed focus on these patients and their needs. This is critically important because most Medicare enrollees suffer from multiple chronic conditions and […]
Remember the MaineRx By Robert Kemp Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, February 2014 Abstract In 2000, Maine became the first state in the US to enact a law to establish maximum retail prices for prescription drugs for all qualified state residents—MaineRx. The purpose was to lower prescription drug prices for all eligible residents of […]
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