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Health Reform: Foolish, Courageous, or Both

David Blumenthal | Posted 12.05.2014 | 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.

Jeffrey Young

U.S. Experiences Unprecedented Slowdown In Health Care Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business

The amount the United States spent on health care went up last year by the smallest amount since federal scorekeepers started tracking these dollars h...

Child Care And Education Costs Are Off The Charts. Literally.

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business

The costs of educating and caring for children just keep soaring. Just check out this chart from a recent Brookings Institution analysis of consume...

3 Health Insurance Red Flags That Could Raise Your Premiums

Miranda Marquit | Posted 12.02.2014 | Money
Miranda Marquit

While you can't always avoid the baseline premium increases that are part of the market, you can keep from red flagging your insurance plan so that you see even bigger premium increases.

New Data Settles the Debate: Obamacare Is Making Health Insurance More Affordable, Not Less

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

In the second year of our new annual tradition, the exchanges are open for enrollment, which begs the question: What have we learned since last time? Were the naysayers proven right, or did Obamacare really make health insurance more affordable, as was intended?

Giving Thanks for What's Right With Our Health System

James R. Knickman | Posted 11.26.2014 | New York
James R. Knickman

Those of us working to improve the health system sometimes joke that at least we'll never be out of a job, because there's always so much more that needs to be done.

Customer Service Trumps Health at a Top-Rated Hospital

Ilene Fischer | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilene Fischer

I too sacrificed my health by devoting most of my waking hours to my company. But I am now returning to the things that have nurtured me in the past, including exercise, meditation, and nutritional food.

Chronicles of Health Creation: 'Never Only Opioids" Urges Imperative for Integrative Medicine in Pain Care'

John Weeks | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

A new eight-page, policy brief, "Never Only Opioids: The Imperative for Early Integration of Non-Pharmacological Approaches and Practitioners in the Treatment of Patients with Pain" argues that it is long past time for the last to be first -- to reverse this order and always bring integrative care options up front, as least as complements.

Re-Engineering Health Care to Eliminate Preventable Deaths

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

With an engineering education, Kiani brings a slightly different, and refreshing, perspective to the complex challenges facing the health care industry.

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.

Jeffrey Young

It's Not Your Imagination, Your Health Insurance Has Gotten Worse

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business

A quiet revolution happened to your job-based health benefits and you may not have noticed. It's happened gradually, but insurance looks a lot differe...

Do Health Care Costs Fuel Economic Inequality in the United States?

David Blumenthal | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

From the perspective of the more than 150 million Americans, health care costs may, in fact, be widening inequality. When health insurance premiums go up, employers may reduce take-home pay to keep overall compensation in check.

Are Those Responsible for Employee Health Appropriately Trained to Make the Right Decisions?

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Dr. Derek Yach

The cost of health insurance in the U.S. is clearly a concern for employers. In 2010, American employers spent a total of $560.9 billion for group health insurance, an increase of approximately 67 percent over the past 10 years.

Democrats Borrow A GOP Idea On Health Care Costs

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Borrowing a Republican idea, a group including former senior Obama and Clinton advisers is unveiling a novel proposal to let state...

Insurers Using Familiar Playbook to Protect Profits in California

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

For the next two months, Californians will to be subjected to a barrage of TV, radio and online ads, which, ironically, they unknowingly will be paying for with their health insurance premiums.

Jeffrey Young

Companies Predict Small 2015 Health Cost Rise -- With A Catch

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business

Large employers expect their health care expenses to rise a modest amount next year, but they plan to continue requiring workers to pay a growing shar...

Statement on the 2014 Medicare Trustees' Report

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

Medicare has grown somewhat stronger financially in both the short and long term since last year but continues to face long-term financing challenges, today's report from its trustees shows. The projected date of insolvency for Medicare's Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund is 2030 -- four years later than projected last year.

Here's What Happened When One County Invested Millions In An Employee Wellness Program

Pew's Stateline | Christine Vestal | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Take Control Of Your Health Care Costs

Julie Stich | Posted 09.20.2014 | Money
Julie Stich

Following the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many employers have seen their health care costs rise. Our new report, "2014 Employer-Sponsored Health Care: ACA's Impact," shows some will pass those new costs onto their staff.

The Kind of Health Care Access Americans Truly Need

Alice Masciarelli | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Alice Masciarelli

Having insurance without a nuanced, hands-on approach does not lead to better access to health care. Simply having insurance doesn't mean you get the right treatment and many patients with insurance have such high deductibles that they avoid seeking health care.

Too Soon to Say on Insurance Rates for '15, But There Are Trends Worth Noting

Bob Semro | Posted 08.31.2014 | Denver
Bob Semro

How much will health insurance premiums go up next year? The short answer: We won't know for several months.

Exercise Is Medicine: An Rx for a Better America

Joe S. Moore | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Joe S. Moore

Doctors do hold tremendous power. The key to unleashing it lies in that critical moment when they have the rapt attention of their patients -- and importantly, within the prescription pad that only they hold.

Crisis in Veterans Hospitals and the Shortage of Doctors

John Komlos | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
John Komlos

That veterans have to wait excessively to be treated is not the fault of the VA. The real reason is that that there is a shortage of doctors and not only for veterans but for the whole country.

A Mission to the Mind

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 06.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

In the 21st century, with one out four Americans affected by mental illness, our country urgently needs a mission to the mind; after all, the brain is the last unchartered territory on earth.

Computers Not a Panacea for Health Care Troubles

Deborah Burger | Posted 08.03.2014 | Business
Deborah Burger

If you listen to the lobbyists for medical device manufacturers and many of their best friends forever in the health care industry and Washington, health IT is the answer to our biggest health care troubles, from medical errors to the high costs of care.