Medicaid Payments and Access to Care By Sara Rosenbaum, J.D. The New England Journal of Medicine, December 18, 2014 With more than 66 million beneficiaries, Medicaid is the United States’ largest insurer, and its impact on health insurance coverage, access to care, and the health of the poor has been substantial. But historically, Medicaid has […]
Protesters demand action on single payer, condemn Shumlin’s reversal By Morgan True VTDigger.org, December 18, 2014 Protesters from across the state descended on Montpelier Thursday to voice their anger with Gov. Peter Shumlin’s decision to drop his pursuit of single payer health care. More than 60 people stood in front of the Statehouse chanting slogans […]
How the High Cost of Medical Care Is Affecting Americans By Elisabeth Rosenthal The New York Times, December 18, 2014 The Times designed a questionnaire with CBS News and conducted a national poll this month. Americans are eager for relief. There seems to be widespread agreement that medical prices are burdensome for American patients, and […]
Governor says: ‘Now is not the time for single payer financing plan’ Times Argus, December 17, 2014 Gov. Peter Shumlin is backing away from a commitment to pass a single payer health care financing plan in Vermont in 2015. He just made the announcement at a press conference in Montpelier. http://www.timesargus.com/article/20141217/THISJUSTIN/141219995 Gov. Shumlin has provided […]
Many Obamacare Plans Set Out-Of-Pocket Spending Limits Below The Cap By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News, December 12, 2014 Seventy-four percent of 2015 silver level plans’ out-of-pocket spending caps are below the $6,600 spending limit allowed for individual plans and $13,200 maximum for family plans, according to Avalere, a consulting firm. The average out-of-pocket maximum […]
Two Theologies Have Blocked Medicare-For-All By Theodore Marmor and Kip Sullivan Health Affairs Blog, December 11, 2014 In the 50 years since Medicare was enacted, Congress has never seriously considered extending Medicare to all Americans, nor even lowering Medicare’s eligibility age below 65. This pattern persisted even during those periods when national health insurance was […]
The Search For A National Child Health Coverage Policy By Sara Rosenbaum and Genevieve M. Kenney Health Affairs, December 2014 Abstract Thirty-eight percent of US children depend on publicly financed health insurance, reflecting both its expansion and the steady erosion of employment-based coverage. Continued funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is an immediate […]
Access to Care: Provider Availability in Medicaid Managed Care Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, December 2014 Examining access to care takes on heightened importance as enrollment grows in Medicaid managed care programs. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, States can opt to expand Medicaid eligibility, and even States […]
National Trends in the Cost of Employer Health Insurance Coverage, 2003–2013 By Sara R. Collins, David Radley, Cathy Schoen, Sophie Beutel The Commonwealth Fund, December 9, 2014 Looking at trends in private employer-based health insurance from 2003 to 2013, this issue brief finds that premiums for family coverage increased 73 percent over the past decade—faster […]
The Health-Cost Slowdown Isn’t Just About the Economy By David Leonhardt The New York Times, December 5, 2014 It’s one of the most important economic questions today: Is the snail-like growth of health costs over the last several years a real trend, or is it merely a temporary part of the Great Recession’s aftermath? The […]
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