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Health Wonk Review May - 2014

Health Wonk Review for May 8, 2014

Just a reminder that if you’re still looking for some compelling health policy reading this weekend, the latest edition of Health Wonk Review is live over at the Healthcare Economist. Hat tip to Jason Shafrin for pulling together this week’s edition.

May 11, 2014

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‘Bros’ on board – and other promising signs

With 8 million Americans enrolled in Obamacare’s exchanges – 28 percent of them young adults – the collapse of the Affordable Care Act isn’t all critics cracked it up to be.

May 11, 2014

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Florida health marketplace

‘Health insurance’ that is too good to be true

“Among the plans available outside of open enrollment, there are less expensive options – that provide very little in the way of coverage – that may seem attractive to people who aren’t familiar with how the plans work. Unfortunately, these consumers might only find out how poor their coverage is when they’re in the middle of a medical crisis.” – Louise Norris

May 8, 2014

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Obamacare plan fools gold

Introducing a new ‘metal’ tier: Fool’s Gold?

Does the health insurance industry really think that Americans are desperate for a return to policies with sky-high deductibles and scanty coverage?

May 6, 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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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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Health Wonk Review June 5 2014

Health Wonk Review for June 5, 2014

If you haven’t gotten your health policy fix, head over to Health Wonk Review –…


Looking beyond the botched ACA rollout

"People have given up on the repeal. There are very few people who want Congress to…

price responsive consumers

Figuring out how to put ‘skin in the game’

The studies indicate that people are very responsive to healthcare prices when they see…

Curbside Consult David Cutler

Can we ‘do the right thing’ profitably?

David Cutler was the author of a prescient and scathing 2010 analysis warning of the need…


Dem ad slays Obamacare-hating Republican

Of the nearly half a billion dollars that has been spent on political ads mentioning the…


Health Wonk Review for May 22, 2014

Summer's here (at least it is where I am) and with it comes a summer-y edition of Health…

Sabrina Corlette health reform

Obamacare: Just what the doctor ordered?

In Part 2 of my conversation with Sabrina Corlette, we talk about whether the Affordable…

Health Wonk Review May - 2014

Health Wonk Review for May 8, 2014

Just a reminder that if you're still looking for some compelling health policy reading…


‘Bros’ on board – and other promising signs

With 8 million Americans enrolled in Obamacare's exchanges – 28 percent of them young…

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Will you need a cancer insurance policy?

While the Affordable Care Act has greatly expanded coverage for millions of Americans –…

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Miss open enrollment? You’ve got options.

Now that open enrollment has ended – and the extensions have passed in most states –…

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Save on prescription drugs close to home

The good news is that, whether you are insured or uninsured, anyone can utilize a few…

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…


Qualifying events that can get you coverage

Even if you missed the general open enrollment, you could still have an opportunity to…

STM: Short Term Medical

Short-term health insurance

Now that the 2014 Obamacare open enrollment period is over, a short-term policy will…

Health insurance for college students.

Student health insurance

Before college starts, students and their families need to ensure that their health…

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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Getting the most from your new insurance

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

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