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Health Wonk Review for March 27, 2014

March Madness Edition

Sorry this is a little late – and a little shorter than usual. But it’s still Sunday, and we know many of our readers are still surfing around for some of the best health policy blogging on the Web.

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 tourney:

… huge amounts of money floating around in ways that only sometimes correlate with performance, and head-to-head match-ups that can yield results no one expected (though in the tournament those unexpected results produce quicker and more certain changes than is often the case in health care).

Those of  us here at can definitely appreciate the “madness” of March as the ACA’s open enrollment period comes to an end. Fortunately, there are a handful of great posts in Fleming’s compilation that focus on the Affordable Care Act.

We will selfishly point out that they include two posts from contributor Louise Norris, who sheds light on the penalty for not being insured, and explains through her own experiences why folks need to get insured before open enrollment ends.

There’s much more of course, but as I pointed out earlier, this is going to be short and sweet – and besides, you can read the whole thing over at Health Affairs.

Next up: Billy Wynne hosts Health Wonk Review on April 10.

Steve Anderson is editor and content manager for, where he’s been writing about health insurance and health reform since 2008. He’s been fortunate to have worked with a talented team of health policy writers.

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