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2014 was a good year for health coverage.

2014: A very good year for health coverage

December 31, 2013 – 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… Read more

FDR’s lesson for skittish Democrats

December 17, 2013 – " ... We certainly can draw lessons from [FDR] ... that you cannot leave the field. And what I've seen over and over again ... the… Read more

What is in Obamacare for you?

December 14, 2013 – There's no shortage of resources to help you quickly bone up on Obamacare and, more importantly, find out what's in it for you. In fact,… Read more

“It’s not health insurance. It’s bankruptcy insurance.”

June 17, 2013 – I was approaching 60 years of age; I had exhausted my savings to pay for a private health insurance policy that was no longer financially… Read more

Medicare fraud and for-profit hospitals

June 13, 2013 – Update: Sure enough, HMA CEO Gary Newsome has announced that he will be retiring July 1. Newsome, 55, said in a news release that he is… Read more

The ACA and mental health coverage

May 17, 2013 – Perhaps the most under-covered aspect of health reform is its dramatic expansion of coverage for the treatment of psychiatric and substance… Read more

Health Wonk Review for May 9, 2013

May 9, 2013 – The latest greatest edition of Health Wonk Review is live over at Managed Care Matters and, as host Joe Paduda notes, it’s all about… Read more

Medicare Advantage – or DISAdvantage?

April 18, 2013 – Wendell Potter says he believes his mother is alive today because she was disenrolled from a Medicare Advantage plan that wouldn't have… Read more

Health Wonk Review for March 28, 2013

April 3, 2013 – In case you missed it last week, the latest edition of Health Wonk Review is live. This week, it's hosted by Julie Ferguson over at the… Read more

Can we spend less AND improve quality?

March 11, 2013 – Harold Pollack continues his series of interviews with health policy experts, talking this month with Michael Chernew, Professor of Health… Read more

The ‘wild ride’ ahead for Obamacare

February 15, 2013 – Harold Pollack talks with Jonathan Cohn, Senior Editor of The New Republic about the "wild ride" ahead for the Affordable Care Act, now… Read more

Is pain-free Medicare reform possible?

January 25, 2013 – Last week, President Obama signaled that he is 'open to making modest adjustments to programs like Medicare.' Should seniors brace for bad… Read more