Blog Posts (39)
December 6, 2013
I have been writing a fair amount lately about the out-of-pocket costs that many Americans face when they receive healthcare services. A new report by The Commonwealth Fund provides a picture of the scope of this issue. It compares the US to 10 other ...
December 3, 2013
Obamacare has come under intense criticism for harming businesses, which will see their employee costs rise as a result of the ACA employer mandate. A recent New York Times article reported that complying with Obamacare regulations would “cost ab...
November 21, 2013
It is pretty easy to be against Obamacare these days. The federal government can’t come up with a working website to help people buy health insurance. The President misled people about whether they could hold onto their old insurance plans. And come ...
November 20, 2013
Here is a discussion I had with Tess Vigeland of Los Angeles Public Radio about the psychology of choosing health plans.
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November 14, 2013
According to the American Action Forum, 43 million American workers will lose access to employer-based health insurance coverage because of Obamacare. Critics of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have warned that the creation of health insurance exc...
October 11, 2013
Here is an excellent picture from the New England Journal of Medicine, illustrating which states have chosen to run their own exchanges, which are relying on the federal government, and which are following some kind of hybrid approach. Unsurprisingly, ...
March 27, 2013
Gioia Zucchero, M.A.
Recently, the drugstore CVS Caremark implemented a health policy that if an employee would like to be covered through the company’s medical plan, he or she is required to submit information about how much they weigh, their body fat percentage and glucose levels…or else face a monetary penalty each month.…
March 7, 2013
Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Do you smoke? Do you exercise? Do you have a yearly physical with your physician? Your answers to these questions could have an affect on the cost and coverage of your health insurance.…
July 14, 2012
If you want to know how easy and intuitive it is to understand the individual mandate, watch this video with Peter Ubel and his son, Taylor Greeno, who discuss why healthcare reform is good for everyone.…
June 7, 2011
This could hardly have been the intent when healthcare reform was passed last year, but a recent study by top-notch consulting firm McKinsey suggests that as many as 30% of employers plan to drop health insurance as a benefit when the new healthcare law goes into effect.…
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November 13, 2013 4:32 pm
There is nothing “inherently wrong” with offering people financial incentives aimed at improving their health and reining in health care costs, Blumenthal-Barby said. But divulging your risk of potentially developing a disease at some point in the future is another matter.
October 29, 2013 7:18 pm
States can combat rising prison health care costs by expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, outsourcing and taking other measures, a report released Tuesday states.
October 2, 2013 2:06 pm
After Scramble to Fix Technical Wrinkles, Online Marketplaces to Offer First Clear Look at Pricing.
September 14, 2013 12:04 pm
Eliminating the three-day hospital stay requirement for Medicare coverage in a skilled-nursing facility is among the list of recommendations that the Commission on Long-Term Care will include in its final report to Congress.
June 25, 2013 1:19 pm
Hoping to cut medical costs, employers are experimenting with a new way to pay for health care, telling workers that their company health plan will pay only a fixed amount for a given test or procedure.
May 30, 2013 1:43 pm
Employees will be eligible for significantly lower premiums on the health insurance they buy through their employers if they participate in “workplace wellness programs,” even if they don’t improve their health.
May 17, 2013 2:16 pm
Women who discover they carry a hereditary gene mutation that dramatically increases their risk of breast and ovarian cancers face big decisions and the possibility of tens of thousands of dollars in medical costs.
May 9, 2013 2:35 pm
Data being released for the first time shows that hospitals charge Medicare wildly differing amounts — sometimes 10 to 20 times what Medicare typically reimburses — for the same procedure.
May 7, 2013 2:00 pm
A monumental new study finds that “Medicaid coverage generated no significant improvements in measured physical health outcomes” for poor adults.
May 7, 2013 1:58 pm
This is just one small study. Evidence shows that Medicaid has been beneficial nationwide and this study shows a range of benefits.
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