Now is the time for the people of "non-expanding" states to appeal to and lead their lawmakers out of the convoluted ACA partisan landscape. It is time for the remaining 22 states to expand Medicaid - it just makes sense.
Fifty years since its enactment, Medicaid has proven over and over again to be successful in achieving what it is designed to do: provide needed health care coverage to the most vulnerable individuals.
Frustrated by insurance regulations, increasing paperwork and limited time to see complicated patients, a group of primary care physicians are leading a movement. It's called direct primary care, and it could change your health.
The GOP plan would take us back to the days when insurers could sell junk policies, charge older folks more than they can today and calculate premiums based on a person's health status.
This week the Obama administration announced a dramatic plan to accelerate payment reform under Medicare, by moving away from the fee-for-service model toward something akin to pay-for-performance. The administration pledges to tie 50 percent of payments to quality by 2016.
We are early in this innovation cycle -- the field has a way to go, particularly when it comes to making good use of the flexibility provided by smartphones and the wealth of actionable patient data to make accurate and speedy diagnoses leading to better outcomes.
As Martin Luther King knew full well, health care is a moral issue. Virtually all advanced countries around the world recognized long ago that health care is a human right, not a privilege based on ability to pay.
The vote to renew CHIP funding is another opportunity for Republicans to influence the U.S. health care system in 2015. Democrats need to have a plan to secure a renewal of the CHIP program "as is" without sacrificing priorities in other areas.
The promise of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can only be met once everyone who is eligible and in need of health coverage receives it. This is especially true for the Latino community, which stands to benefit the most from the new health care law, but only if more of us enroll.
Many of the same behavioral activation techniques that are used in the treatment of depression can improve your mental wellness even if you do not suffer from depression.
Among those who apparently have not yet benefited much at all, at least so far, are owners of small businesses who would like to keep offering coverage to their employees but can no longer afford it. They can't afford it because insurers keep jacking their rates up so high every year that more and more of them are dropping employee health benefits altogether.
We need to pull together as a City to address current disparities. Health care is a basic necessity and should be affordable for everyone.
In coming weeks, we can expect the Republican-controlled Congress to push two Obamacare bills that would hike profits for some businesses. What we can't expect, from either Republicans or Democrats, unfortunately, is any effort to help families, even those with insurance, to stay out of bankruptcy court because of mounting medical bills.
Taken together all these changes will probably be good for our health. But change is seldom welcome and transitions are often uncomfortable. There's are some big ones happening in medicine these days.
Jeffrey Tambor made a great point this last Sunday -- representation matters. That's also why the ACA matters, and will continue to matter, for trans young adults looking for an affordable path to a healthier life.
The list includes three books that confront head-on the difficult issue of patient death, three more on politics and money in healthcare, and finally, my vote for The Most Memorable Book of 2014.