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Greenstein: House Republican Health Plan Seriously Flawed

Bob Greenstein | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

The House Republican health plan is seriously flawed. Because it would repeal or severely weaken health reform's coverage expansions, force people to...

In Defense of 'Alternative Medicine'

John Weeks | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

The question: Is it smart for the integrative health and medicine movement to abandon the radicalism of calling for an "alternative medicine"?

The Urban Institute's Attack On Single Payer: Ridiculous Assumptions Yield Ridiculous Estimates

David Himmelstein | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
David Himmelstein

The Urban Institute and the Tax Policy Center today released analyses of the costs of Sen. Bernie Sanders' domestic policy proposals, including single-payer national health insurance. They claim that Sanders' proposals would raise the federal deficit by $18 trillion over the next decade.

How Good Is Obamacare Now: 2016 First Semester Grades

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

In April 2014, I gave Obamacare a grade point average (GPA) a 2.0 (letter grade is C). By August 2014 the average had improved a little to 2.2 (C+). Has this changed now?

Chronicle of Health Creation: Are Integrative Health and Medicine Part of the National Pain Strategy?

John Weeks | Posted 03.29.2016 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

The medical industry's uptake of complementary and integrative health and medicine is wildly uneven. This is true even in pain treatment, an area that drew most people to integrative practices and practitioners.

How a Sanders Medicare-For-All Plan Can Be Affordable and Appeal to Republicans

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Whether Sanders is qualified to be President depends on whether he can convert his high-minded objectives into policies that the country can afford and that the vast majority of Americans will accept. When it comes to Medicare for All, the answer is yes, provided Medicare for All is correctly designed.

Obama's 'Cadillac Tax' Changes Deserve Serious Look

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

The President's 2017 budget will recommend improvements in the "Cadillac tax" -- the excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans. While some suggest repealing the tax, reforming it to preserve most of its revenues and its ability to slow health care cost growth makes far more sense.

Don't Repeal Health-Related Taxes

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

With these taxes now postponed or suspended, policymakers could well start to treat them like other temporary tax provisions that they routinely extend -- effectively making the delays permanent.

Latest CBO Figures Give Incomplete Picture of Health Reform

Edwin Park | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Edwin Park

Some critics cite the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates of enrollment in health reform's marketplaces to argue that health reform is losing ...

New Video Shows How Medicaid Expansion Helps States

Jesse Cross-Call | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Jesse Cross-Call

In just two years, health reform's Medicaid expansion has helped states make big gains in health coverage, increase access to health care services amo...

Dismantling Kynect Could Mean Higher Costs, Less Coverage for Kentuckians

Judith Solomon | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Judith Solomon

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin's plan to dismantle Kynect, the state's health insurance exchange, and transition to the federal exchange would hurt Kentuckians, despite what some contend.

Yes, He Did: Why Obama Is the Most Consequential Second-Term President Since FDR

Lawrence Jacobs | Posted 01.11.2016 | World
Lawrence Jacobs

Here is what is rarely acknowledged and speaks volumes about Obama's impact: we now accept the sea change in the lives of most Americans that the Affordable Care Act swept in. No one serious challenges the Affordable Care Act's guarantee of insurance coverage for all without the threat of preexisting conditions, the new coverage for the prescription drug benefits for seniors and much more.

More Evidence of Medicaid Expansion's Positive Effects

Jesse Cross-Call | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Jesse Cross-Call

As state legislative sessions get underway and governors in states like Alabama, Louisiana, South Dakota and Wyoming prepare to push for Medicaid expansion in 2016, this latest research underscores why expansion is the right choice.

Chronicles of Health Creation: The Naturopathic Profession's Impact on Integrative and Functional Medicine

John Weeks | Posted 01.05.2016 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

I was called by a consultant to an institute associated with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians to participate as an outside expert i...

Fix Public Health the Cleveland Clinic Way

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Steve Landers MD,MPH

Our efforts to improve, and similar efforts in other communities, would be more likely to succeed with policy changes to facilitate multiple government supported health services operating on one electronic record system.

CBO: Individual Mandate Repeal Would Undo Historic Health Coverage Gains

Edwin Park | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Edwin Park

As part of budget reconciliation legislation that may move in coming weeks, House Republican leaders are likely to include a repeal of health reform's requirement, known as the individual mandate, that most individuals have insurance or pay a penalty.

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 06.29.2016 | 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 06.24.2016 | 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.