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Archive for May, 2015

NY State Assembly Passes Universal Health Bill

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The state Assembly on Wednesday voted for a single-payer health bill, the first time in more than two decades the chamber has taken up the measure. The vote was 89-47, an overwhelming but largely symbolic step toward universal health insurance. The bill now heads to the Republican-controlled Senate where it is not expected to pass. […]

The Affordable Care Act’s Persistently High Administrative Costs

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Health Affairs Blog May 27, 2015 The Post-Launch Problem: The Affordable Care Act’s Persistently High Administrative Costs By David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler Last year we, and many others, drew attention to the chaotic and costly roll out of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) exchanges. The chaos is mostly over (unless King prevails over Burwell), […]

An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Overkill:  An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it? By Atul Gawande The New Yorker May 11, 2015 Could pointless medical care really be that widespread? Six years ago, I wrote an article for this magazine, titled “The Cost Conundrum,” which explored the problem of […]

The Problem of Underinsurance and How Rising Deductibles Will Make It Worse

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The Commonwealth Fund May 20, 2015 By Sara R. Collins, Petra W. Rasmussen, Sophie Beutel, Michelle M. Doty Abstract New estimates from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2014, indicate that 23 percent of 19-to-64-year-old adults who were insured all year — or 31 million people — had such high out-of-pocket costs or deductibles […]

Designing Silver Health Plans with Affordable Out-of-Pocket Costs for Lower- and Moderate-Income Consumers

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

  Families USA May 2014 Silver plans have an actuarial value of 70 percent, meaning that they are required to cover 70 percent of people’s health care costs (on average). Insurers have some flexibility in how they design plans to meet the actuarial value requirements for silver plans. However, analyses of current marketplace plans suggests […]

Analysis: the 21 States That Have Not Expanded Medicaid under the ACA

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Analysis Finds the 21 States That Have Not Expanded Medicaid under the ACA Could Expect Substantial Coverage Gains and Increased Federal Funding Were They to Expand The 21 states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would see substantial gains in coverage, decreases in the uninsured and bigger increases in federal Medicaid spending […]

The federal government must act now to save Puerto Rico’s healthcare system

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

By Dennis Rivera There is a healthcare crisis facing over 3.5 million Americans, and you probably haven’t heard anything about it. Why? Because these 3.5 million Americans live on the small island of Puerto Rico, and sadly, Washington doesn’t seem to care. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, but although we pay the same Medicare and Social […]

Stemming the Tide of Fake Medicines

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

By THE NY TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD MAY 18, 2015 A flood of fraudulent medicines sold mostly in the developing world is threatening the health of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people in those nations and consumers in more advanced nations as well. International organizations, national drug regulators and the drug industry itself have been struggling […]

Hispanics’ health in the United States

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Health risks vary by Hispanic subgroup The first national study on Hispanic health risks and leading causes of death in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that similar to non-Hispanic whites (whites), the two leading causes of death in Hispanics are heart disease and cancer. Fewer Hispanics than […]

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