Dig deep: Impacts and implications of rising out-of-pocket health care costs Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, November 17, 2014 Executive summary Even though more consumers are gaining health insurance coverage, they are by no means insulated from the burden of health care costs. Consumers are paying more of their health plan premium and experiencing higher […]
Health Law Turns Obama and Insurers Into Allies By Robert Pear The New York Times, November 17, 2014 With the health insurance marketplace now open for a second year, President Obama will be depending more than ever on the insurance companies that five years ago he accused of padding profits and canceling coverage for the […]
Too High a Price: Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs in the United States By Sara R. Collins, Petra W. Rasmussen, Michelle M. Doty, and Sophie Beutel The Commonwealth Fund, November 2014 Abstract Whether they have health insurance through an employer or buy it on their own, Americans are paying more out-of-pocket for health care now than […]
Who is Jonathan Gruber? By Jose A. DelReal The Washington Post, November 11, 2014 Jonathan Gruber is probably having a hell of a day. The MIT economics professor, best known until now for his key role advising the Obama administration on the Affordable Care Act, has come under attack after year-old video of a University […]
New policy calls for adequate networks for patient access, choice AMA Wire, November 10, 2014 The new AMA policy, which is part of a new report by the AMA Council on Medical Service, calls for health insurers to make changes to their provider networks before the open enrollment period gets underway each year. Implementing changes […]
An Economic Framework For Preventive Care Advice By Mark V. Pauly, Frank A. Sloan and Sean D. Sullivan Health Affairs, November 2014 Abstract Under the Affordable Care Act, preventive care measures, including vaccinations and screenings, recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the US Preventive Services Task Force must be covered in full […]
European Observatory of Health Systems and Policies Paying for Performance in Health Care: Implications for Health System Performance and Accountability Edited by Cheryl Cashin, Y-Ling Chi, Peter C. Smith, Michael Borowitz and Sarah Thomson OECD, WHO, October 6, 2014 Forward from the OECD (excerpts): The problem is that not enough is known about whether and […]
What Do We Know About Health Care Access and Quality in Medicare Advantage Versus the Traditional Medicare Program? By Marsha Gold and Giselle Casillas Kaiser Family Foundation, November 6, 2014 This literature review synthesizes the findings of studies that focus specifically on Medicare and have been published between the year 2000 and early 2014. Forty-five […]
This Is How the New GOP Senate Will Try to Dismantle Obamacare By Jonathan Cohn New Republic, November 4, 2014 Most Republicans know that they can’t repeal Obamacare anymore. They’ll start with a symbolic vote for outright repeal. From there, (Ted) Cruz says, Republicans will go after Obamacare provisions “one at a time.” Here’s what […]
Some ObamaCare patients with high deductibles turning to community care centers By Jim Angle Fox News, November 4, 2014 When ObamaCare patients learn their deductible is so high they’re unlikely to get any reimbursement, they often wind up in places like the Denton, Texas Community Care Center. “There are quite a few, and I saw […]
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