Dr. Arnold Relman, Outspoken Medical Editor, Dies at 91 By Douglas Martin The New York Times, June 21, 2014 In a provocative essay in the New England journal on Oct. 23, 1980, Dr. Relman, the editor in chief, issued the clarion call that would resound through his career, assailing the American health care system as […]
Survey of Non-Group Health Insurance Enrollees By Liz Hamel, Mira Rao, Larry Levitt, Gary Claxton, Cynthia Cox, Karen Pollitz and Mollyann Brodie Kaiser Family Foundation, June 19, 2014 The Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Non-Group Health Insurance Enrollees is the first in a series of surveys taking a closer look at the entire non-group market. […]
Premiums Rise at Big Insurers, Fall at Small Rivals Under Health Law By Louise Radnofsky The Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2014 Hundreds of thousands of consumers nationwide who bought insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act will face a choice this fall: swallow higher premiums to stay in their plan, or save money by […]
Calif. Court Rules Insurer Payments Should Reflect Value of Care California Healthline, June 16, 2014 An appellate court ruling in Fresno last week could change the way California hospitals and health insurers enter into contracts and negotiate payments for services, the Sacramento Business Journal reports. Background on Case The lawsuit between Children’s Hospital Central California […]
Narrow Provider Networks in New Health Plans: Balancing Affordability with Access to Quality Care By Sabrina Corlette, JoAnn Volk, Robert Berenson and Judy Feder Urban Institute, Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms, May 2014 New network configurations offer trade-offs for consumers. Many insurers were able to lower their overall costs by reducing the prices […]
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally By Karen Davis, Kristof Stremikis, David Squires, and Cathy Schoen The Commonwealth Fund, June 2014 The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms […]
Political Polarization in the American Public Pew Research Center, June 12, 2014 Section 4: Political Compromise and Divisive Policy Debates Government’s Role in Health Care The idea of a single-payer health care system – in which the government pays for all health care costs – has long been a dream of many liberals. But when […]
The Moral Case for Affordable Coverage and How Obamacare Fails To Live Up to It By Austin Frakt, PhD The JAMA Forum, June 11, 2014 Some health policy commentators have claimed that President Obama and Affordable Care Act (ACA) supporters have not made a convincing moral case for coverage expansion. Scholars suggest that support for […]
Continuing Our Commitment to Consumers: Solutions That Will Enhance Affordability, Stability and Accessibility in the New Health Care Marketplace America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), June 2014 Enhancing affordability by creating a new lower premium Catastrophic Plan option While millions of Americans have the peace of mind that health insurance provides, more can be done to […]
Microsimulation of Demand for Health Insurance: A Method Based on Elasticities By Jessica S. Banthin AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Congressional Budget Office, June 9, 2014 CBO’s Health Insurance Simulation Model (HISIM) The first version was developed in 2002 to model various proposals for expanding coverage, including direct subsidies, changes to tax incentives, and insurance market […]
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