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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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Reports of ACA demise: greatly exaggerated

For this edition of Curbside Consult, I Skyped with Dr. Jonathan Gruber, who is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and director of the health care program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. We talked about the future of Medicaid, strategies to expand primary care access, why he supports the controversial “Cadillac tax” on insurance benefits.

April 8, 2014

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repeal Obamacare 2014

Obamacare: Irreplaceable, irrepealable

If you support the Affordable Care Act, know that your work is not yet done. And if you don’t like it, you’ll have opportunities to vote for candidates who say they’d like to get rid of it. Just be careful not to be persuaded to vote against your own best interests.

April 7, 2014

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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 Blog, and check out Chris Fleming’s “March Madness Edition” of Health Wonk Review. No, it’s not (thankfully) more words about basketball, but there are – as he points out – parallels to the NCAA Final Four:

March 30, 2014

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off-exchange ACA enrollment

March ACA enrollment madness?

“When you hear a final tally next month of the millions who have signed up for coverage through a public exchange, know that millions more other Americans are also newly insured – and it may be months before all them are accounted for.” – Wendell Potter

March 27, 2014

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flushing ACA subsidies

Flushing away $10,000 to ‘just say No’

“The vast majority of our clients are thrilled to find out they qualify for subsidies. But to some people, the premium tax credits feel like something they haven’t “earned” and thus shouldn’t be entitled to use.”

March 27, 2014

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dont need health insurance

‘I don’t need health insurance!’

“… And if you’re thinking “well, that would never happen to me …” consider all of the other ways that you could wake up perfectly healthy tomorrow and then find yourself in the hospital by nightfall. Accidents don’t come with warnings. And in many cases, neither do serious illnesses. People like my father, who are perfectly healthy, can suddenly be stricken with chronic conditions that would be impossible to finance without insurance for all but the wealthiest among us.” – Louise Norris

March 24, 2014

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red-state Medicaid expansion

Cruel irony: millions too poor for Medicaid

In states that have not expanded Medicaid, the people who most desperately need help paying for health insurance – those with the lowest incomes – end up in the coverage gap, not eligible for Medicaid and also not eligible for any subsidies to help them pay for a private plan.

March 20, 2014

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ACA exchange enrollment

Colorado: ‘battoning down the hatches’

Six of the country’s most successful state-run exchanges have overcome technological hurdles, dealt with massive volume, created innovative marketing strategies, and worked tirelessly to make open enrollment a success. And it’s certainly paying off.

March 19, 2014

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Fixing Obamacare’s broken window

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The dental crisis that’s driving patients away

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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…

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.…

medicaid-expansion-gruber

Reports of ACA demise: greatly exaggerated

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

repeal Obamacare 2014

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,…

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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…

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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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