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President Obama: Amputees Need Your Help to Get Appropriate Health Care

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Mr. President, on behalf of those in the nation who need this type of prosthetic care to live full and productive lives and support themselves and their families, I ask you to look at these issues which are creating barriers to care, delaying, and in some cases, denying prosthetic care to Americans with limb loss.

Dual Eligibles: Best Practices for Managing Your State's Beneficiaries

Bruce Caswell | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Bruce Caswell

According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, there are roughly 9 million people in the U.S. eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare.

Medicaid for Services Update

Deborah De Santis | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

This past Friday, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) issued an official bulletin encouraging and guiding states to use Medicaid resources, where appropriate, to help provide the services complementing the affordable housing side of supportive housing.

Here's What Happens When Wall Street Runs Hospitals

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you think costs would come down if hospitals were all owned and operated by big for-profit corporations like Hospital Corporation of America, you might want to take a look at a study published last week by the journal Health Affairs.

Commissioning at LHC and Conferences

Alice Bean | Posted 06.21.2015 | Science
Alice Bean

You might have heard that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is back online. In the past few weeks, it started circulating beams and then they were able to ramp up the energy per beam to 6.5 trillion electron volts which is a new record, up from the previous 4 trillion electron volts.

CMS: It Cuts Deep

Hector Barreto | Posted 06.08.2015 | Latino Voices
Hector Barreto

The ongoing impact of Medicare Advantage cuts imposed by CMS on the sustainability of a successful program is not only proving to be detrimental for America's seniors; it is unacceptable.

Brits Think We're Nuts for Believing Our Health System Is Better Than Theirs

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

When I was an industry PR guy, I was part of a never-ending effort to defame the NHS, usually by citing a few anecdotes about Brits who claimed to endure long waits for needed care. The industry's propaganda got little resistance from the media or the American public.

Politics Versus Economics and the Enduring Mystery of Medicaid Expansion

James Moore | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
James Moore

Humans might not be the only casualties of the political standoff over provisions of the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid. Rural hospitals may begin to disappear because of lost revenues.

Why Health Care Costs So Much: Both Parties Suck at Teat of Medical-Industrial Complex

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Will Congress act to save taxpayers billions of dollars -- and protect the solvency of the Medicare programs -- by taking on the AMA, the drugmakers and the insurers? Don't hold your breath.

VA Solutions Should Start With Transparency

Leah Binder | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

So how does the VA compare? We don't know. We don't have much data publicly available to begin with, and we have virtually nothing that compares VA hospitals with other American hospitals.

Insurers Are Fleecing Us Out of Billions While Congress Looks the Other Way

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

A year-long investigation by the Center for Public Integrity has revealed that health insurers may have fleeced taxpayers out of $70 billion in just five years.

The Power of Open Data

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

The questions we might be able to ask and answer with the release of the Medicare data are numerous, and significant.

Hospice: A Higher Calling

Brent Green | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Brent Green

Congress honored palliative care for terminally ill patients at the behest of American citizens, thus enabling Medicare and Medicaid funding. The higher, humanistic calling of hospice must not be regulated or prosecuted out of existence.

Don't Be Fooled by Latest Medicare Scare Campaign From an Insurance Front Group

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Ads supposedly sponsored by the Coalition for Medicare Choices started appearing last week warning that seniors will face higher costs, fewer benefits and a loss of provider choice if Congress and the administration don't take action.

Obamacare: What's in It for You? Plenty, So Take Time to Find Out

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Numbers show just how big the disconnect is between the reality of what's occurred in health care since Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and the perception that people have of the law resulting from the relentless campaign of misinformation from the president's opponents.

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Extension Granted To Sickest Enrollees

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

As many as 135,000 individuals enrolled in federally funded programs for people with pre-existing conditions will be given a few more weeks to find re...

Potential Medicare Cuts Impact Patients With Kidney Disease

Mike Spradley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Mike Spradley

One of the most basic rights we as Americans have is our voice to be heard. No matter where you are in America you should contact elected representatives to the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Tell them cuts to CDK and  ESRD  are unacceptable.

If Medicaid Is 'Broken' in Florida, Who Broke It?

Gary Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

The federal government may have established Medicaid, but it gave the states the job of running it. Each state has its own individualized program, with different rules and regulations, making federal oversight difficult, if not impossible.

How Does Healthcare.gov Really Work [Infographic] [Screenshots]

Eduardo Garcia | Posted 12.30.2013 | Technology
Eduardo Garcia

After spending some time trying to shop for insurance for my parents, and facing the same issues everyone has been having, I decided to put on my developer hat and try to figure out how this web application works.

Politics Aside, Is Obamacare Secure?

Adam Levin | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Adam Levin

The politics of the Affordable Care Act are irrelevant. The issue for me is privacy and data security and whether you're for Obamacare or against it, there are two ways the program's rollout could put your personal information at risk.

Jason Cherkis

Kentucky Obamacare Official Not Worried Like McConnell

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A day after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) demanded that the Obama administration delay the Oct. 1 launch of the health ...

Obamacare: This Will Not Be Painful

Angela Perkey | Posted 10.07.2013 | Business
Angela Perkey

It's less than two months before individuals can begin signing up for health insurance through the marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act.

What One Washington Could Learn From the Other About Reducing Health Care Spending

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Health policy experts have long contended that one of the key reasons the Medicare program will eventually run out of money is because of the outsized influence lobbyists for health special interests have in Washington.

Why You Are Being Charged for Mistakes Hospitals Make

Leah Binder | Posted 09.22.2013 | Business
Leah Binder

We can only hope for bipartisan common sense to prevail when hospitals ask to suppress information from the public that they themselves use to improve their performance.

What Laura Ingalls Wilder Could Teach Obamacare

Leah Binder | Posted 09.18.2013 | Business
Leah Binder

Thirty-two health systems in the United States are designated by the federal government as "Pioneer ACOs." Yesterday CMS, the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid, announced that several of them are quitting as pioneers.