Expert analysis of the latest health reform issues

How many Americans voted for Donald Trump (and presumably the rest of the Republicans on the ticket), "thus ensuring that they've effectively slit their own throats?" Charles Gaba runs the numbers.

‘Please take away my health coverage.’

November 30, 2016 – How many Americans voted for Donald Trump (and presumably the rest of the Republicans on the ticket), "thus ensuring that they've… Read more

Health Wonk Review: Post-Election Edition, November 11, 2016

Health Wonk Review for November 11,…

November 15, 2016 – The media went crazy with post-election coverage last week and Joe Paduda made his own contribution with a special Post-Election Edition of… Read more

Health Wonk Review for November 3, 2016

Health Wonk Review for November 3,…

November 4, 2016 – Brad Wright has posted the latest edition of Health Wonk Review over at Wright on Health – and it's a beaut! (Well, maybe not so… Read more

ObamaCare has certainly had its fair share of media mischaracterizations – so a little fact checking is in order.

Dissecting ObamaCare and its impact

November 3, 2016 – ObamaCare has certainly had its fair share of media mischaracterizations – so a little fact checking is in… Read more

If health insurance rate hikes make you feel stuck between a rock and a hard place, take heart. These strategies may offer a way out.

Escaping the crush of premium…

October 14, 2016 – If health insurance rate hikes make you feel stuck between a rock and a hard place, take heart. These strategies may offer a way… Read more

While headlines about huge rate increases and carrier exits have been everywhere over the last few months, they only apply to the 7 percent of the population with individual health insurance coverage, and to anyone in the uninsured segment who’s considering jumping into the insurance pool for 2017.

Who’s bearing the brunt of rate…

October 14, 2016 – While headlines about huge rate increases and carrier exits have been everywhere over the last few months, they only apply to the 7 percent… Read more

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Debate offers only a glimmer of hope…

October 10, 2016 – More than anything, ACA requires pragmatic, bipartisan problem-solving in an era of divided government and unprecedented polarization… Read more

You can be certain the companies that are dropping out of several Obamacare markets next year will return if they can get Congress and the next president to sweeten the pot for them like the Medicare pot was sweetened back in 2003.

History (of health carrier greed)…

October 9, 2016 – You can be certain the companies that are dropping out of several Obamacare markets next year will return if they can get Congress and the… Read more

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Health Wonk Review for October 7, 2016

October 8, 2016 – Thanks to Joe Paduda for posting this week's Health Wonk Review over at Managed Care Matters (and special thanks to Joe for posting early… Read more

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ColoradoCare: Cure for an ailing…

October 7, 2016 – ColoradoCare has no deductibles, no copays for preventive and primary care, and waives other copayments when they cause financial hardship.… Read more

Has Bill Clinton actively contemplated a Medicaid buy-in, or was his suggestion just a slip of the tongue?

Live from Bill Clinton’s id, an ACA…

October 6, 2016 – Has Bill Clinton actively contemplated a Medicaid buy-in, or was his suggestion just a slip of the… Read more

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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