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Health Reform

Matter of Time Before Every Health Plan Has a Rewards Program

Michael Dermer | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Michael Dermer

Health plans are entering a new competitive landscape. Rewards will not only be an essential component, but will also drive a healthier population - creating a win-win situation for all.

Coverage and Financial Security Preserved for Millions of Americans in the Supreme Court Ruling for the Government

David Blumenthal | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
David Blumenthal

The Supreme Court decided last week in favor of the government in the King v. Burwell case. But significant challenges remain to realize the potential of the law's sweeping insurance reforms and expansions.

I'm Behind on My Health Insurance Premiums. How Long Will They Pay My Claims?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Christina LaMontagne

When life throws a curveball, like a recent job loss, financial chaos can ensue. Losing one-fourth of your income is pretty significant, so your inability to stay on top of your premium is understandable.

Jeffrey Young

This Is What The Latest Obamacare Supreme Court Case Is All About | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama’s big health care reform law is back at the Supreme Court. Justices are expected to issue a decision in June on a new challen...

Vampire on the Second Midnight

Fred Hyde | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Fred Hyde

The adverse financial impact from HITECH on some providers is minor compared to the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This has been especially true for smaller community hospitals. The reason for this is simple.

Health Insurance Premiums Will Likely Go Up Next Year -- Just Because Justices Agreed to Hear King v. Burwell

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Because insurers don't know which way the Supreme Court will rule come June, they reportedly are thinking of pricing their policies for 2016 based on the worst-case scenario of a plaintiffs' victory. Those rates will be higher than they would have been if the Supreme Court had never agreed to take King v. Burwell.

Why I Choose to Be the Annoying Friend

Mac Grambauer | Posted 04.26.2015 | Women
Mac Grambauer

I am an annoying friend. I am the person that gets unfollowed on Facebook and that people avoid mentioning certain topics around. I am the friend constantly sharing petition and calls to action, political articles and news stories. At parties, I am the one that shouts at friends to go vote, and lectures siblings when they don't update their voter registration address

2014: The Health Care Year in Review

David Blumenthal | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
David Blumenthal

ICYMI, 2014 was not just any old year in health care. The problem isn't finding historic events to note, it's pruning the list. Here's a crack at some things that we at The Commonwealth Fund thought worth calling out.

12 Holiday Reasons to Be #Out2Enroll and #GetCovered

Kellan Baker | Posted 02.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Kellan Baker

Twelve months of coverage. If you signed up for coverage by December 15, you'll start the new year off with coverage on January 1, 2015 -- and unlike your New Year's resolutions, you'll be able to keep that coverage for the whole rest of the year.

Health Reform: Foolish, Courageous, or Both

David Blumenthal | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
David Blumenthal

Some supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are worried they're paying a political price for health care reform. The political fallout should come as no surprise.

Boehner, McConnell Mislead on Health Reform's Employer Mandate

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

Boehner and McConnell called this week for a major change in health reform's requirement that larger employers offer health coverage to employees who work 30 or more hours a week or face a penalty. However, raising the threshold for mandating coverage would make a shift toward part-time employment much more likely -- not less so.

Round Two Will Be Even Harder

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

A mere four weeks lie ahead of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) second open enrollment period and all eyes are on Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell to avoid the glitches that plagued efforts last fall.

Corruption and Culture Increase Diabetes Deaths in India

Riva Greenberg | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

When I returned from Bangalore earlier this year, having worked with health professionals at a diabetes clinic for the poor, I expected to write about...

Chronicles of Health Creation: Gratitude to Integrative Medicine and Health's Retiring Champion U.S. Senator Tom Harkin

John Weeks | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

In the context of this grassroots uprising of interest, singling out the historic contributions of one person seems inappropriate. Yet for complementary and integrative health policy and inclusion, there is such a giant.

Health, Sensuality and the Supreme Court's New Feudalism

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Hiding sensuality behind health, instead of celebrating it, devalues the erotic lives of women and men. More than that, our political embarrassment about sex has leveraged the power of the wealthy to control the intimate lives of others.

Medical Education: Capitalism's Next Frontier?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Starting a new school is an expensive proposition, which may explain the modest number that have opened in the past decade. But now the private sector may be coming to the rescue by creating proprietary -- or profit-making -- schools to train physicians.

We're Asking Health Care to Fix Something It Didn't Break

Ellen Lawton | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Ellen Lawton

If we are going to ask health care to do more to prevent illness then we have to be honest about where poor health originates, and we have to give doctors and nurses tools and partners to treat the problems they identify.

CBO: Health Reform Is Working -- and Costing Less

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

Health reform will cut the rate of uninsurance nearly in half. CBO estimates that health reform will reduce the share of the non-elderly population without insurance from 20 percent in the law's absence to about 16 percent in 2014 and about 11 percent in 2016 and beyond. That's 26 million more people with health coverage.

6 Things You Could Buy Instead of Paying the Penalty for Going Uninsured

Napala Pratini | Posted 06.09.2014 | Money
Napala Pratini

For those going uninsured this year, the Obamacare penalty may seem paltry, but it's set to increase steeply in the next couple of years. In the particular case of tax penalties, what goes up does not come down (unless amended by law).

Health Insurers' New Campaign to Create Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The campaign of fear, uncertainty and doubt -- or FUD, to use its acronym -- continues to this day against the Affordable Care Act, and it will be waged in coming months by cynical politicians who believe it will be the surest way to win votes in November.

CBO: Five-Year Individual Mandate Delay Means 13 Million More Uninsured, Higher Premiums

Edwin Park | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Edwin Park

Delaying health reform's individual mandate for five years, as a House bill would do to offset the cost of permanently cancelling scheduled cuts in Medicare payments to physicians, would mean about 13 million more uninsured Americans in 2018 compared to current law, with similar increases in most years that the mandate isn't in effect.

A New Perspective on Obamacare

Napala Pratini | Posted 04.30.2014 | Business
Napala Pratini

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently reported that 4 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance plans through the federal and state-based marketplaces.

Narrow Health Care Provider Networks: Boon or Bane?

David Blumenthal | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

Welcome to the world of competition in health care, because that is what narrow networks are about. Picking low-cost suppliers that meet quality standards is the key to business success the world over.

Here's What Really Happens When You Shop For Health Insurance

PolicyGenius | Posted 04.22.2014 | Money

Since the new health insurance exchanges launched last October, there's been a seemingly endless stream of news stories, mostly about rollout problems, health insurance cancellations, enrollment numbers, or personal anecdotes that are quickly repurposed as political fodder. But what about the shopping experience?

Paul Ryan's Misleading Claim About Health Reform, Poor Families, and Work

Edwin Park | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Edwin Park

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's claim that health reform creates a "poverty trap" that discourages poor families from working has it backwards.