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Obamacare open enrollment window

Fixing Obamacare’s broken window

Spreading out open enrollment would allow carriers and exchanges to maintain level staffing throughout the year, and would result in better customer service with faster processing of applications and policy changes. Obviously it would require a significant public education campaign, and coordinated efforts on the part of carriers to let insureds know about upcoming open enrollment windows.

April 17, 2014

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The dental crisis that’s driving patients away

When increasing numbers of Americans cross the Mexican border to see a dentist … you know we’ve got a growing health care crisis on our hands, and one that the Affordable Care Act barely touches.

April 15, 2014

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Health Wonk Review for April 10, 2014

Billy Wynne put together a great edition of Health Wonk Review over at Healthcare Lighthouse this week. He published on April 10, but was still inspired by the spirit of April Fools’ Day, lumping posts into “April Fools’ Joke” categories.

April 13, 2014

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exchanges too big to succeed

Exchanges: too big to succeed?

This is the time for brainstorming, but how much are we willing to change? Could we revamp the whole process if it meant a more streamlined, less expensive health insurance shopping system? What if we kept all of the ACA’s market reforms and consumer protections, but without the exchanges?

April 13, 2014

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Republican policy fail ACA

Will there be an ‘exodus’ to the exchanges?

Harold: Now, would you be happy or sad if there was this exodus to the exchanges? Jon: I think I’d probably be, depends if the exchanges don’t function as well, I hope though they’ll function within the next three to five years, I think it’ll be a good thing. I think if you view it, sort of … I guess I view it a little bit like the move from defined-benefit to defined-contribution pension plans, which if done in a fair basis to workers, is actually a better thing for a worker because then, if they leave the job, they don’t leave their pension behind.

April 10, 2014

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