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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 them. If you raise people’s price for meds, they take fewer drugs. If you lower their price for doctor visits, they’ll go get more doctor visits. People are extremely price-responsive. Now we just have to get people the right information.

June 4, 2014

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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 for stronger management of information technology (and other matters) in the implementation of health reform. During the darkest days of website malfunction, the Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein labeled Cutler’s analysis “the memo that could have saved Obamacare.”

June 3, 2014

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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 Care Act is improving the health care system. Will “Health Reform 2.0″ be “just as fun” as the original? Is the health reform succeeding at reducing “job lock?” And will small business owners see dramatic changes in the way they can help employees with health coverage?

May 13, 2014

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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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Could Obamacare save 24,000 lives a year?

This back-of-the-envelope calculation implies that ACA will prevent something like 24,000 deaths every year. That’s almost the number of Americans who die in auto crashes. It’s more than the number who die of AIDS or the number who are murdered every year.

May 5, 2014

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Health Wonk Review for April 24, 2014

It’s no secret that we’re staunch supporters of the Affordable Care Act and the great gains it has delivered to millions of Americans who were desperate for affordable health coverage.

But heck, we’re also realists. We know the law is only a starting point. It’s got glitches here and there and there are some weaknesses in the legislation that opponents have attempted to exploit. But not only that, the law really could be improved.

April 25, 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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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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red state exchange hurdles

ACA’s surprisingly successful exchanges

If North Carolina were pulling up the enrollment rear, it probably wouldn’t surprise anyone. The state has a Republican Governor and legislature, opted to let HHS run its exchange, refused to expand Medicaid, and passed a law in early 2013 blocking state agencies from participating in ACA implementation. And only 38 percent of the population supports the ACA (48 percent are opposed to the law). Yet among the states where HHS is running the exchange, only Texas and Florida have higher private plan enrollment totals – and their populations are significantly larger.

March 12, 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 –…

fix-obamacare

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…

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Dem ad slays Obamacare-hating Republican

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

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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…

youth-enrolled-obamacare

‘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…

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Qualifying events that can get you coverage

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

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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…

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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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