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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 07.28.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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 07.15.2014 | 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 07.01.2014 | 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.

Global Health Security Is Vital to Our Citizens, Businesses and Economy

Betty E. King | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business
Betty E. King

Fewer than 20 percent of countries can rapidly detect, respond to or prevent global health threats caused by emerging infections -- critical skills that are required for the protection of their nations' interests and ours.

Fighting the Beast: Is The Cost Of Getting Sane Driving You Crazy Too?

K | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
K

I am writing anonymously to protect my daughter. She is mentally ill at the moment and suffers from, among other things, depression. I take no chances. I also won't name the corporation that is driving me insane. I am afraid of it. I'm sure it's much the same as all the others anyhow. I'll call it "The Beast."

Let's Advance Health in Brooklyn

James R. Knickman | Posted 07.07.2014 | New York
James R. Knickman

We need to move beyond the question of, "What can be done about Brooklyn's hospital problems?" and ask the broader question: "How can Brooklyn be as healthy a place as possible?"

Jeffrey Young

Your Guide To The Latest Freakout Over Health Care Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.30.2014 | Business

Health care spending appears to be on the rise after several years of historically low growth, provoking a minor freakout about whether the bad old da...

Jeffrey Young

Americans Pay Way More For This Than People In Other Countries

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.17.2014 | Business

As anyone who's ever paid a health insurance premium or a hospital bill knows, medical care is expensive. What Americans may not know is that resident...

The Invisible Ceiling for the American Working Poor

Stephanie S. Brooks | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Stephanie S. Brooks

If I ever get a job where I'm paid a living wage, I will probably still volunteer at both the food pantry and thrift shop because the work they are doing really helps people, and nobody knows that better than I do.

The Real Truth About Obamacare

Robert Reich | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

Despite the worst roll-out conceivable, the Affordable Care Act seems to be working. But a lot about the Affordable Care Act needs fixing -- especially the widespread misinformation that continues to surround it.

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.

Less Is More: In Defense of Narrow(ish) Health Care Provider Networks

James R. Knickman | Posted 05.19.2014 | New York
James R. Knickman

Access is an extremely important issue; having an insurance card is meaningless if you are unable to find a doctor or get care when you need it.

It Turns Out, Obamacare Actually Does Care

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Even if a person doesn't qualify for an ACA health plan, you -- and by "you" I mean everyone -- still get the benefits of the new law. And much of this has very real, and very substantive financial savings -- just not the financial savings you read about in the news about monthly bills.

How Do Financial Incentives Influence Doctors' Judgments?

Dr. Paul Marantz | Posted 04.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul Marantz

We should also recognize that we, too, are human, and when our recommendations have financial implications, we should ask ourselves: How might this influence our decision-making?

Massachusetts Tackles Next Phase of Health Care Reform: Controlling Costs

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

While lawmakers in Washington and state capitals continue to obsess about Obamacare, Massachusetts legislators have focused their attention on the next phase of reform: health care costs.

America's Health Care Crisis Is Far From Over, In 1 Chart

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 01.29.2014 | Business

Even Americans who have health insurance struggle to pay their medical bills, according to a startling new analysis of Census data. And it's not clear...

Now for the Next Part of Reform: Controlling Health Care Costs

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

A valid criticism of the Affordable Care Act is that it doesn't do enough to control health care costs. But all is not lost. Progress can be made to control health care costs. And once again, Massachusetts might be able to lead the way.

One State's Plan To Up End Health Care Spending: Report

The Washington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration is set to announce Friday an ambitious health-care experiment that will make Maryland a test case for whether aggressive gove...