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 […]
The Great Debate – Single Payer or Private Insurance By Katie Britton WAMC, March 13, 2014 Students for a National Health Program at Albany Medical College presented The Great Debate at WAMC’s The Linda on the evening of February 21st. Moderated by Dr. Kimberly Kilby, the debate featured Dr. Paul Song of the Physicians for […]
Subcommittee Hearing – Access and Cost: What the US Health Care System Can Learn from Other Countries Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) , Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging United States Senate, March 11, 2014 Statement by: Tsung-Mei Cheng, LL.B., M.A. Health Policy Research Analyst Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International […]
The Irony of ObamaCare: Making Inequality Worse UNITE HERE, March 7, 2014 The promise of Obamacare was the right one and the hope for extending healthcare coverage to the un- and under-insured a step in the right direction. Yet the unintended consequences will hit the average, hard-working American where it hurts: in the wallet. Currently […]
When Health Costs Harm Your Credit By Elisabeth Rosenthal The New York Times, March 8, 2014 Mounting evidence shows that chaos in medical billing is not just affecting our health care but dinging the financial reputation of many Americans: While the bills themselves frequently take months to sort out, medical debts can be reported rapidly […]
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