Last year I had to find a new primary care doctor. Did you? I ask because it seems like I talk to a lot of friends who are changing doctors for a range of reasons -- from the Affordable Care Act to insurance companies restructuring their in-network/out-of-network directories to the simple fact that many doctors are retiring or leaving the profession.
On paper, it sounded so good: all insurance companies had to provide substance abuse treatment and there would be no more discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions. What could go wrong? Unfortunately, quite a lot.
If you were uninsured and did not get health coverage by the March 31st deadline, what does this mean? And what are your options for purchasing health insurance? To break down what you need to know, here are the answers to your top health care questions.
Today's Census data provide fresh evidence that the economy strengthened in 2013, but too slowly to improve the living standards of many middle- and low-income Americans.
The CDC figures are consistent with four independent surveys that also show significant gains in health coverage in 2014, particularly among states that have adopted health reform's Medicaid expansion.
News out of Seattle this summer undoubtedly has caused the big insurance CEOs to lose more than a bit of sleep. Boeing announced that it has decided to forego the services of an insurance company and to contract directly with two of the Northwest's largest hospital systems to provide care to its 27,000 employees and 3,000 retirees in the region.
The bottom line is that in a health care system as complicated as ours, problems have multiple causes. And a single law can't solve every problem. With these ads, it's best to remember that they aren't really trying to educate the listener or viewer. Rather, they are using selective arguments and trying to score political points.
A few weeks ago I was quickly preparing to make the big move up to New York City from my hometown in suburban Florida. While I was finding housing, packing up all my belongings and preparing for my internship, I can't say health insurance ever crossed my mind.
I would encourage us to think broadly about who we consider our neighbors and how we care for them, and to engage with "faith-based insurance alternatives" with a keen understanding of the fact that they have many redeeming qualities, but that they are not in the business of insurance.
How can success be disaster, even in health care? As the Michael W. Smith song says, "Let me show you the way."
Some doctors seem to have embraced the airlines' model for doing business -- you know, the one where they now charge fees for things they used to just do for free.
It has been over four years signed ACA (originally PPAHCA; colloquially Obamacare) was signed into Law. Why is there at least as much controversy and outright anger today as there was prior to March 23, 2010? There are at least seven reasons why the ACA pot keeps boiling over.
In the wake of Congress' failure to advance meaningful immigration reform, it has become crystal clear that Congress will not act in any way that matters. One thing that can be fixed now with a swipe of the pen is the regulation impacting DREAMers, preventing them from accessing health care.
ACA dead-enders will stay at it, fighting Medicaid expansion and filing creative, hopeless lawsuits. They'll stop Medicaid expansion in some states, denying coverage to millions of the most needy. But the ACA will survive. In health care policy, the arc of history has taken a decisive turn toward human decency.
While Hobby Lobby and other legal battles are important decisions playing out in the high courts, none address the structural problems with the delivery of insurance to consumers. To address the structural problem, let's go back to the breakup of AT&T.
The 21st anniversary of the implementation of the Family and Medical Leave Act on August 5 provides an important moment to examine how far our nation has come since President Clinton signed FMLA into law in 1993 and how far we still need to go.