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Health Wonk Review for September 22,…

September 23, 2016 – In our opinion each new edition of Health Wonk Review is an opportunity to celebrate great health policy blogging. This week, we're… Read more

One might assume that Republicans would never go for a Medicare buy-in, as it would expand the ranks of those who get "government-run" insurance. But what if the buy-in were limited to Medicare Advantage plans, the GOP's beloved Medicare stepchild?

A Medicare buy-in Republicans can love

September 23, 2016 – One might assume that Republicans would never go for a Medicare buy-in, as it would expand the ranks of those who get "government-run"… Read more

It's no coincidence. Women are getting larger ACA subsidies because they're still earning 20 percent lees than men on average.

Southerners – and women – enjoy bigger…

September 23, 2016 – ACA's subsidies are working just as they were intended to: Subsidies are higher where incomes are lower, and after-subsidy premiums are… Read more

There are plenty of political candidates on the ballots this year who have big plans for the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, and healthcare reform in general. If healthcare reform matters to you, it’s essential that you know where the candidates stand on the issue, and that you vote.

State elections can make or break…

September 21, 2016 – There are plenty of political candidates on the ballots this year who have big plans for the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, and… Read more

If every ACA-compliant plan was only available via the exchanges, millions more would potentially have access to ACA tax credits.

7 reasons for ending off-exchange…

September 15, 2016 – If every ACA-compliant plan was only available via the exchanges, millions more could have access to ACA's tax… Read more

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Burying great Obamacare headlines

September 14, 2016 – Too bad the news that 700,000 people got health insurance happened to hit on a day where a more important economic story broke: "Wrigley… Read more

For example, if after notice from the government, a Swiss citizen fails to sign up for insurance, Swiss cantons – the equivalent of states in the U.S. – can impose a penalty ranging from 30 percent to 50 percent above the cost of insurance premiums. If after three months the uninsured still doesn't pick a plan, the authorities choose one for them, and allow insurers to sue for unpaid premiums.

Do we need a stiffer individual…

September 14, 2016 – Would a heftier tax penalty for being uninsured fix anemic marketplace enrollment and help to prevent an ACA death spiral? At least one… Read more

Health Wonk Review for September 8, 2016

Health Wonk Review for September 8,…

September 9, 2016 – The latest edition of Health Wonk Review is up over at Health Business Blog. Thanks to David E. Williams for hosting the Back to School… Read more

Are there means other than a 'public option to establish "government rates" as a marketplace norm? Jon Kingsdale, the founding executive director of the Massachusetts health insurance marketplace has floated a proposal that he believes might accomplish substantially the same end.

A Medicare Advantage for the ACA…

September 8, 2016 – Are there means other than a 'public option to establish "government rates" as a marketplace norm? Jon Kingsdale, the founding executive… Read more

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Cry me a river, Aetna.

August 25, 2016 – So, thanks to Obama – and more specifically, Obamacare – Aetna and its competitors are rolling in the federal dough. But, because of… Read more

If your carrier is exiting the exchange – or the entire individual market – you'll need to shop around for a new plan during open enrollment. If you don't pick a new plan by December 15, the exchange might pick one for you.

Your carrier’s leaving the exchange.…

August 24, 2016 – If your carrier is exiting the exchange – or the entire individual market – you'll need to shop around for a new plan during open… Read more

Jason Shafrin has posted this week's edition of Health Wonk Review over at Healthcare Economist. It's the Short and Sweet Edition, despite the fact that it's chock full – "chock" being my shorthand for 17 posts. That's most I can ever remember, which tells me that wonks everywhere are finally getting hip to HWR's greatness.

Health Wonk Review for August 18, 2016

August 19, 2016 – Jason Shafrin has posted this week's edition of Health Wonk Review over at Healthcare Economist. It's the Short and Sweet Edition, despite… Read more

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Aetna or no Aetna, the exchanges need…

August 17, 2016 – Six years on, the Affordable Care Act is embedded in American life. Twenty million people are now insured who would otherwise have gone… Read more

The Medicaid eligible population deserves our care. Most are employed full-time, some with two to three jobs that do not offer insurance benefits. Many of these jobs are essential for the smooth functioning of our society. Many in the population are unpaid caregivers of children, the disabled, and the frail elderly. Others are in school or training and need temporary assistance until they can enter the workforce.

Medicaid patients deserve our care

August 5, 2016 – The Medicaid eligible population deserves our care. Most are employed full-time, some with two to three jobs that do not offer insurance… Read more

What the insurers are implying here is that if the Obamacare marketplace doesn't "stabilize" to their satisfaction (even though the companies will still be making money hand over fist) they'll threaten to take their marbles and go home.

The Insurance Empire Strikes Back

August 2, 2016 – What the insurers are implying here is that if the Obamacare marketplace doesn't "stabilize" to their satisfaction (even though the… Read more

Today, even as news about big premium increases for 2017 raises concerns about the Affordable Care Act’s long-term health, an analysis released last week in the journal Health Affairs seeks to put things in perspective. The upshot: Things could be worse. It turns out that the average premiums in the individual market actually dropped when the ACA was implemented.

Health premiums after Obamacare?…

July 29, 2016 – Today, even as news about big premium increases for 2017 raises concerns about the Affordable Care Act’s long-term health, an analysis… Read more

“What I would say about health sharing ministries is they are a leap of faith, both literally and figuratively.” – Sabrina Corlette, Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute

Healthcare sharing ministries: A leap…

July 19, 2016 – “What I would say about health sharing ministries is they are a leap of faith, both literally and figuratively.” – Sabrina Corlette,… Read more

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Tax code fix will deliver dental for…

July 14, 2016 – The National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) estimated in 2014 that 366,616 low-income children under the age of 18 and their families… Read more

The Public Option doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of being enacted, even at the state level, as long as the insurance industry and its allies are able to continue spending whatever it takes to influence both elections and public policy.

Seriously: Is the Public Option really…

July 12, 2016 – The Public Option doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of being enacted, even at the state level, as long as the insurance industry and its… Read more

"[Hillary Clinton's healthcare proposal] is about as close to what I could realistically hope would come out of the Hillary/Bernie primary: More ambitious than her original plans but more realistic than his." - Charles Gaba

A healthcare plan that even Bernie…

July 11, 2016 – "[Hillary Clinton's healthcare proposal] is about as close to what I could realistically hope would come out of the Hillary/Bernie primary:… Read more