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Health Insurance Reform

Stupid Is as Stupid Does

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

When I saw the news coverage of White House health care adviser Jonathan Gruber's remarks, in which he essentially called Americans stupid, I thought of the old saying, "With friends like that, who needs enemies?" My next thought was, who's being stupid here?

No Bull: Vote YES on CA Propositions 45 & 46!

Ellen Snortland | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Ellen Snortland

Don't be fooled by insurance companies and the obscene amounts of money they're spending to defeat these measures.

Obamacare Is Making a Difference, But Here's What We Must Tackle Next

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.07.2014 | 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.

Big Insurance Companies Won't Be Big Insurance Companies Much Longer. Here's Why

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Wendell Potter

What Boeing is doing represents a seismic shift in health care financing and delivery that potentially will have more far-reaching effects than Obamacare, primarily because it is coming from the private sector, not the government.

Hospital Executives Beware: Impatient Patients Are Taking Charge

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

Without a change in course, hospital executives are danger of going the way of the railroads -- this industry held an unquestioned monopoly... until it didn't. If executives don't adapt to the new realities of health care, they too could wake up one day to find that they've become obsolete.

The Manufactured Crisis of Halbig

Elizabeth Taylor | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Taylor

If the D.C. Circuit decision in Halbig v. Burwell became the law of the land, it would threaten to place health insurance once again out of reach for the approximately 4.7 million families and individuals living in the 36 states where the federal government set up the Exchange.

A Main Street Way to Help Obese People

Don McNay | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Don McNay

"Don't you know things can change Things'll go your way If you can hold on for one more day" -Wilson Phillips I'm 55 years old and morbidly obese. ...

Colorado a Role Model on Health Reforms, and That Didn't Happen By Accident

Bob Semro | Posted 10.21.2014 | Denver
Bob Semro

And the same survey has numbers for Colorado: In 2013, 17 percent of residents had no insurance. A year later, after the start of the ACA, the number is down to 11 percent. Colorado ranks fifth among all states in reducing the size of its uninsured population.

Website Allows Colorado Consumers to Compare Prices for Hospital Procedures

Bob Semro | Posted 10.05.2014 | Denver
Bob Semro

How much does a knee replacement cost? A Caesarean section? For years in Colorado, it was almost impossible to know. In 2008, a group of Colorado hea...

Why It's More Important Than Ever to Keep an Eye on Health Insurers

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

After writing a couple weeks back that we need to keep an eye on profit-hungry health insurers to make sure they are not refusing to pay for medically necessary care, I got a flood of emails and tweets from people with stories to share.

Dear President Obama

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Robin Amos Kahn

I'm assuming you are aware of this issue, President Obama -- the fact that doctors are refusing to take your insurance. I'm assuming you get that this is not acceptable.

Time to Move on

David Blumenthal | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

Unless one of the remaining constitutional challenges to the law succeeds, the ACA will stay on the books until a new president takes the oath of office in January 2017. By that time, who knows what the enrollment total will be?

Why Some Gay Couples Are Calling Their Insurance Plans 'Legalized Discrimination'

AP | ANN SANNER | Posted 03.28.2014 | Gay Voices

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly every day for three months, Carl Bechdel had to make calls or send emails to try to get family insurance coverage for h...

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.

How To Hack Your Health Insurance Decision

PolicyGenius | Posted 05.05.2014 | Money
PolicyGenius

Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there was no easy way to shop for a health insurance plan. But the ACA has standardized health insurance marketing, which makes it easier to compare plans "apples-to-apples." So now you can get right to it in just two steps.

Affordable Care Act a 'Job Killer'? No, That's Not What the CBO Said

Bob Semro | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Bob Semro

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act have used the most recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the nation's economy to claim that the health care law "kills jobs." Those claims, along with botched headlines and erroneous reporting, ignored important details in the report.

Why Your Doctor Shouldn't Accept Your Health Insurance

Joey Giangola | Posted 03.27.2014 | Business
Joey Giangola

Photo Credit: Alex E. Proimos via photopin,cc Before we get off on the wrong foot, let's clarify what kind of doctor I'm talking about. That doctor ...

10 Best New Year's Resolutions for 2014

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

New Years, and the time I always resolve to lose more weight, is arriving. Will I once again choose a diet du jour, and try to follow it for a few months, only to slip back into my favorite high calorie snacks and desserts?

What Do Your Smartphone and Your Health Insurer Have in Common?

Shaan Gandhi | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Shaan Gandhi

Can your smartphone make your healthier? And, perhaps more interestingly, can your health insurer and your smartphone work together to make your healthier?

The Presidential Health Care Curse: Why Do They Bother?

David Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

There is simply no way for presidential health care reformers to avoid grievous political harm, as the experience of President Barack Obama is now demonstrating in spades.

Obamacare's Upheaval of the Insurance Market

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

The ACA is really a "Health Insurance Reform Act" -- its greatest impact is to increase the number of insured individuals, to guarantee essential benefits, and to regulate health insurance companies.

Cancer at 30: No One Is a Young Invincible

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

If you are young, old or somewhere in-between, life is full of sharp curves. My father used to say, "If you have your health, you can do anything." He was right. When you don't have it anymore, you want to be very sure that whoever can help you get back on track is not beyond your financial grasp. Mental, physical or emotional health problems are only a happenstance away. Rather than continuing to tell young people that they're needed to make the Affordable Care Act work, why not start telling them that their health matters, that denial has never been a cure, that there are lots of risks they'll take in their youth but not having health insurance is a risk that affects everyone who loves you and every dream you have.

Localism is the Cause of High Healthcare Costs

Paul A. London | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul A. London

Antitrust laws should be used to prevent larger healthcare organizations from stifling competition in local markets but large medical businesses competing on price, service and quality is what the country needs to lower healthcare costs.

Republican Obamacare 'Fix' Is Junk, Just Like the Junk Insurance Plans It Protects

Ethan Rome | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ethan Rome

In an effort to cynically score political points, the Republicans have taken up the cause of people who have received health insurance "cancellation" notices. The problem is that the Republicans aren't helping these people, they are exploiting them.

Woman Was Fine With Her Health Care Plan, Until Discovering it Covered Two Band-Aids and Some Gauze

Jerome Halligan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Jerome Halligan

Karrie's plan covered her for two Band-Aids and a modest roll of gauze padding. "The third band-Aid, and any gauze over that initial roll, I would have to pay for," she said.