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Autism Without Fear: When We Are Overhelmed

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Michael John Carley

Over the last 18 months, all's been quiet on the front of autism politics. But David M. Perry's poignant article in the New York Times had me questioning whether the lull was a good thing...or whether it was the continuation of a bad pattern.

Court Case Shows How Health Insurers Rip off You and Your Employer

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

You might want to suggest that your employer look into this. It's possible, maybe even likely, that your health insurer has been ripping off both you and your employer -- to the tune of several million dollars every year -- for decades.

Why the Private Health Insurance Industry Has to Go

John Geyman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

One can argue that the private insurance industry should be regarded as obsolete and not worth saving. However, the ACA has extended its life, including almost $2 trillion in federal subsidies over the next ten years.

The More Skin We Put in the Game, the More Wall Street Likes It

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Wendell Potter

One way for Aetna to satisfy Wall Street was to begin shifting more and more of the cost of health care -- and health insurance -- to their customers. That meant that sick policyholders in particular would be paying more out of their own pocket for their care. Our marketing folks came up with an almost Orwellian name for this cost shifting: "consumer-driven health care."

Why My Kentucky Kinfolks Can Sleep Easier Than My Tennessee Kinfolks

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

While Tennessee lawmakers continue to do all they can to undermine Obamacare, low- and moderate-income Kentuckians can go to bed at night and not have the same worry that their neighbors a few miles to the south have about the cost of health care. Does that make sense to you?

Author Steven Brill Slams Malcolm Gladwell's Review Of His Book

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.12.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

In less than a week since its release, Steven Brill's America's Bitter Pill has made headlines across the web. The New York Times calls it "an energet...

Obamacare Impacts Primary Care Doctor Shortage

AP | KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

MIAMI (AP) — When Olivia Papa signed up for a new health plan last year, her insurance company assigned her to a primary care doctor. The relatively...

Stupid Is as Stupid Does

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

When I saw the news coverage of White House health care adviser Jonathan Gruber's remarks, in which he essentially called Americans stupid, I thought of the old saying, "With friends like that, who needs enemies?" My next thought was, who's being stupid here?

No Bull: Vote YES on CA Propositions 45 & 46!

Ellen Snortland | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Ellen Snortland

Don't be fooled by insurance companies and the obscene amounts of money they're spending to defeat these measures.

Obamacare Is Making a Difference, But Here's What We Must Tackle Next

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

We still spend more per capita on health care than any other country. In that sense, the law doesn't do enough to address the "real cost drivers" of medical inflation.

Big Insurance Companies Won't Be Big Insurance Companies Much Longer. Here's Why

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Wendell Potter

What Boeing is doing represents a seismic shift in health care financing and delivery that potentially will have more far-reaching effects than Obamacare, primarily because it is coming from the private sector, not the government.

Hospital Executives Beware: Impatient Patients Are Taking Charge

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

Without a change in course, hospital executives are danger of going the way of the railroads -- this industry held an unquestioned monopoly... until it didn't. If executives don't adapt to the new realities of health care, they too could wake up one day to find that they've become obsolete.

The Manufactured Crisis of Halbig

Elizabeth Taylor | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Taylor

If the D.C. Circuit decision in Halbig v. Burwell became the law of the land, it would threaten to place health insurance once again out of reach for the approximately 4.7 million families and individuals living in the 36 states where the federal government set up the Exchange.

A Main Street Way to Help Obese People

Don McNay | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Don McNay

"Don't you know things can change Things'll go your way If you can hold on for one more day" -Wilson Phillips I'm 55 years old and morbidly obese. ...

Colorado a Role Model on Health Reforms, and That Didn't Happen By Accident

Bob Semro | Posted 10.21.2014 | Denver
Bob Semro

And the same survey has numbers for Colorado: In 2013, 17 percent of residents had no insurance. A year later, after the start of the ACA, the number is down to 11 percent. Colorado ranks fifth among all states in reducing the size of its uninsured population.

Website Allows Colorado Consumers to Compare Prices for Hospital Procedures

Bob Semro | Posted 10.05.2014 | Denver
Bob Semro

How much does a knee replacement cost? A Caesarean section? For years in Colorado, it was almost impossible to know. In 2008, a group of Colorado hea...

Why It's More Important Than Ever to Keep an Eye on Health Insurers

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

After writing a couple weeks back that we need to keep an eye on profit-hungry health insurers to make sure they are not refusing to pay for medically necessary care, I got a flood of emails and tweets from people with stories to share.

Dear President Obama

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Robin Amos Kahn

I'm assuming you are aware of this issue, President Obama -- the fact that doctors are refusing to take your insurance. I'm assuming you get that this is not acceptable.

Time to Move on

David Blumenthal | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

Unless one of the remaining constitutional challenges to the law succeeds, the ACA will stay on the books until a new president takes the oath of office in January 2017. By that time, who knows what the enrollment total will be?

Why Some Gay Couples Are Calling Their Insurance Plans 'Legalized Discrimination'

AP | ANN SANNER | Posted 03.28.2014 | Gay Voices

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly every day for three months, Carl Bechdel had to make calls or send emails to try to get family insurance coverage for h...

How Safety-Net ERs Can Save Health-Care Reform

Andrew G. Lim | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Andrew G. Lim

In the coming years of health-care transition, county-hospital ERs will continue to be the first refuge for America's marginalized and vulnerable populations. They must evolve to become coordinating centers for society's health needs and champions of cost reform.

How To Hack Your Health Insurance Decision

PolicyGenius | Posted 05.05.2014 | Money
PolicyGenius

Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there was no easy way to shop for a health insurance plan. But the ACA has standardized health insurance marketing, which makes it easier to compare plans "apples-to-apples." So now you can get right to it in just two steps.

Affordable Care Act a 'Job Killer'? No, That's Not What the CBO Said

Bob Semro | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Bob Semro

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act have used the most recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the nation's economy to claim that the health care law "kills jobs." Those claims, along with botched headlines and erroneous reporting, ignored important details in the report.

Why Your Doctor Shouldn't Accept Your Health Insurance

Joey Giangola | Posted 03.27.2014 | Business
Joey Giangola

Photo Credit: Alex E. Proimos via photopin,cc Before we get off on the wrong foot, let's clarify what kind of doctor I'm talking about. That doctor ...

10 Best New Year's Resolutions for 2014

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

New Years, and the time I always resolve to lose more weight, is arriving. Will I once again choose a diet du jour, and try to follow it for a few months, only to slip back into my favorite high calorie snacks and desserts?