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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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A health disaster waiting to happen

Obamacare has offered solid footing to millions whose ‘junk policies’ were a disaster waiting to happen – offering the kind of coverage that has financially destroyed thousands of American families each year.

February 5, 2014

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disability safety net Obamacare

Two steps forward, one step back

ACA is the most beneficial disability policy advance in decades, but not everyone will be helped. Nor will everyone be helped in the ways one might have presumed when ACA was passed. Yet millions of Americans will benefit.

January 30, 2014

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ACA insurance company bailout

‘Bailout?’ ‘Unprecedented?’ Honestly?

“What [ACA critics] don’t tell you is that while $25 billion is a lot of money, it is pocket change compared to the enormous amount of taxpayer dollars that have been flowing to private insurance companies for nearly three decades to keep them in the Medicare Advantage program, which has long had the unwavering support of Republicans in Washington.”

January 29, 2014

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Will health reform still be a ‘BFD’ in 2014?

In the final segment of our interview, Jon provides a short list of indicators he expects to use in the coming year to determine whether things are going well for the Affordable Care Act. Much attention will be devoted to anecdotes about Americans’ experiences enrolling – and then using – their new coverage, but he says we can look to other indicators, from the insurers to consumer polls and even social service agencies.

January 28, 2014

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Obamacare pitfalls and protections

In Part 1 of my interview with Jonathan Cohn, we talked about what’s working with the Affordable Care Act (and what’s not) – and also how the law could work better going forward. In Part 2, we talk about some other concerns that have gotten plenty of attention in the media.

January 27, 2014

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Star-Telegram Obamacare

Anatomy of an Obamacare ‘horror story’

“A lack of fact checkers does not explain why the newspaper ignored the news that one of its ‘victims’ had found good coverage. No editor’s note. No comment. No clarification. Why is this important? This major daily’s nearly 200,000 daily readers saw the story that would lead them to believe that Americans who received cancellation notices were “left in limbo.” – Maggie Mahar

January 3, 2014

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2014: A very good year for health coverage

Many of the newly insured are among the millions who have been unable to afford coverage in the past or have not been able to buy it at any price because of the practices of the insurance industry. Practices that, at long last, end on New Year’s Day, 2014.

December 31, 2013

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ACA tide has turned

ACA marketplaces: The tide has turned

“The people responsible for implementing the ACA have continued to concentrate on the task at hand, and their efforts are paying off. Insurance carriers and exchanges are focusing on outreach, increased staffing, and efficient application processing. Satisfied enrollees are telling friends and family members about their experience, spreading grassroots awareness about the ACA. The tide has turned, and public opinion of Obamacare has recovered from its November low.” – Louise Norris

December 19, 2013

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Obamacare winners losers

Identifying Obamacare’s victims

Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times talks with Harold Pollack about his interviews with the subjects of two high-profile Obamacare “horror stories.” He explains what he found when he interviewed one woman who expected higher premiums, and a second woman who says she’s losing her coverage because of the health reform law.

December 12, 2013

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Latest Obamacare news & opinion

Moral Mondays

Pre-Occupied with Medicaid expansion

Moral Mondays focuses on concrete, politically actionable grievances. Punitive voter ID…

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…

repeal Obamacare 2014

Obamacare: Irreplaceable, irrepealable

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

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health insurance exchanges

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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