Nine Questions About My New Medical Home By Matthew Anderson Health Affairs Blog, March 17, 2014 Sometime in the past five years — it’s hard for me to say exactly when — I suddenly found myself living in a new home. I must admit I am still a bit disoriented by how this happened. But […]
This Commonwealth Fund report provides an estimate of the numbers of underinsured – people who could experience financial hardships and impaired access in the face of medical need. Although the authors express optimism that the numbers of uninsured will decline as a result of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there is a high probability that there will be a substantial increase in the numbers of people who will be underinsured.
One of the more important goals of health care reform was to require plans to provide comprehensive benefits. Although, as with other compromises in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the legislation fell short, at least they did require that ten categories of benefits be covered, even if insurers were allowed considerable flexibility within each of the ten categories. Now AHIP – the insurers’ lobby organization – is attempting to dismantle the benefit requirement.
Obamacare Limits Choices Under Some Plans By John Tozzi Bloomberg Businessweek, March 20, 2014 Ben Rosenthal was treated for prostate cancer four years ago and had gallbladder surgery the year before that. A former manager at a market-research firm in Los Angeles, Rosenthal, 57, paid for his own health insurance. Last fall, when his plan […]
For decades we have been hearing heartrending stories of children and adults under 65 who develop cancer but were uninsured. For those of us striving for a comprehensive health care program for everyone, there could not be a greater motivating force than the desire to eliminate forever the twin tragedies of impaired access to care and personal financial ruin for these unfortunate cancer victims.
Medical Home: An Evolving Model of Primary Care By Melinda K. Abrams Commonwealth Fund Blog, February 25, 2014 Today, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released a study, cofunded by The Commonwealth Fund, evaluating a three-year medical home pilot in Pennsylvania. The study, led by RAND’s Mark Friedberg and colleagues, found the program […]
Warning: Opting Out Of Your Insurance Plan’s Provider Network Is Risky By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News, March 18, 2014 Many plans sold on the health insurance marketplaces offer a tradeoff: lower premiums in exchange for limited networks of providers. But consumers who opt for a narrow network plan with the idea that they’ll go […]
Hearing: “Access and Cost: What the U.S. Health Care System Can Learn from Other Countries” Testimony of Sally C. Pipes, President and CEO, Pacific Research Institute U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, March 11, 2014 Those Canadians who can afford to do so have simply opted […]
Health Care: U.S. vs. Canada YouTube, March 12, 2014 On March 11, 2014, several authorities on single payer health care systems of other nations testified before a committee of the United States Senate, chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders. The hearing was not only the topic of a recent Quote of the Day (March 12), it […]
Medicaid And Marketplace Eligibility Changes Will Occur Often In All States; Policy Options Can Ease Impact By Benjamin D. Sommers, John A. Graves, Katherine Swartz and Sara Rosenbaum Health Affairs, April 2014 (online March 12, 2014) Beginning January 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) established two pathways to health insurance for nonelderly US citizens […]
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