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December, 2012

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Health Wonk Review for December 20, 2012

If you haven’t caught this week’s edition already, Saturday morning’s as good a time as any to grab a cup of coffee – or eggnog – and drink in the Health Wonk Review. It’s posted this week over at Workers’ Comp Insider, and it features a stocking full of posts – one each, actually – from 16 different health policy blogs.

December 22, 2012

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Will you receive a tax credit to help pay for health insurance?

Obamacare’s health insurance subsidies:

Beginning in 2014, millions of Americans will discover that they qualify for subsidies designed to help them purchase their own health insurance. The aid will come in the form of tax credits, and many will be surprised by how generous they are.

December 13, 2012

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Round One Obama budget negotiations

Obama wins Round One of budget standoff

Now, the president will have to decide where he is willing to compromise on cutting government spending. There are, in fact, places where he could rein in Medicare without hurting beneficiaries.

December 7, 2012

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Health Wonk Review for December 6, 2012

Being what it is, Health Wonk Review is chock full of great blog posts – including a handful of them addressing the issue nearest and dearest to our hearts at health reform.

December 6, 2012

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Medicaid spending under Obamacare

Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion

The governors and the president needs the other. Each side has a (possibly perverse) stake in the other’s success. Each would also be wise to make some concession, if for no other reason than to provide their counterpart with a dignified path to compromise during the second Obama term.

December 3, 2012

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Boehner Obama Thelma Louise

Is health care headed for the ‘fiscal cliff?’

It’s hard not to think about the movie “Thelma and Louise” with all the dire predictions about the coming”fiscal cliff.” House Speaker Boehner and President Obama may be our modern day Thelma and Louise, playing a little chicken with us all, with Obama proposing some pretty dramatic solutions and Boehner and the Republicans offering little except “no” to tax rate increases and raising the Medicare eligibility age.

December 3, 2012

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Obamacare Papa Johns

Can businesses really NOT afford ACA?

U.S. workers may think ACA-mandated health benefits from their employers are “priceless,” but some business owners believe employees and customers should think twice.

December 1, 2012

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Latest Obamacare news & opinion

Obamacare open enrollment window

Fixing Obamacare’s broken window

Spreading out open enrollment would allow carriers and exchanges to maintain level…


The dental crisis that’s driving patients away

When increasing numbers of Americans cross the Mexican border to see a dentist ... you…


Health Wonk Review for April 10, 2014

Billy Wynne put together a great edition of Health Wonk Review over at Healthcare…

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…

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…

uninformed Florida Obamacare

Can Obamacare work even better?

I think the average American voter is actually a charitable person, a big-hearted person.…


Reports of ACA demise: greatly exaggerated

For this edition of Curbside Consult, I Skyped with Dr. Jonathan Gruber, who is the Ford…

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Obamacare: Irreplaceable, irrepealable

If you support the Affordable Care Act, know that your work is not yet done. And if you…

Health Wonk Review March Madness

Health Wonk Review for March 27, 2014

If you're one of those health policy diehards, definitely head over to the Health Affairs…

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Know your health insurance exchanges

The ACA-created health insurance exchanges will be up and running in days, and while…

ACA Basic Health Program

Affordable Care Act’s Basic Health Program

Starting this year, the Basic Health Program, a provision of the Affordable Care Act,…

ACA owners manual

Getting the most from your new insurance

The media have focused on the cost of the monthly premium. How much would you contribute…

SHOP exchanges

How SHOP exchanges help small businesses

The unprecedented advantages offered by ACA's SHOP exchanges truly make the law a game…

avoiding scams in the aca marketplace

Avoid scams while shopping for insurance

The health insurance marketplaces (commonly referred to as exchanges) are set to open in…

cost-sharing subsidies

The ACA’s cost-sharing subsidies

While the Affordable Care Act's premium subsidies help pay the cost of the health…

Individual health insurance.

Individual health insurance

If you are self employed, or if your employer does not offer health insurance, you'll…

Will you owe an Obamacare Penalty?

Will you owe a penalty under Obamacare?

If, for whatever reason, you decide not to purchase coverage in 2014, you can use the…

Obamacare's essential benefits

Health reform’s 10 essential benefits

The ACA specifies ten benefits be included in all health insurance plans sold on each…

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