Friday, September 5, 2014

How People Feel About Their Employer-Sponsored Health Plans +

How People Feel About Their Employer-Sponsored Health Plans

A Perilous Gap In Health Insurance Literacy
Some important findings.

Part-Time Jobs Are Increasing. But Don’t Blame Obamacare – Yet.

The War on Obamacare has Become a War on Minorities and the Poor 

The 125 percent solution for American health care

Little Evidence of the ACA Increasing Part-Time Work So Far  While the report makes a good case, I am not convinced since I heard or read quite a few companies who reduced hours for workers citing the ACA.  Perhaps they were planning to do this anyway and blamed the ACA unfairly.  Hard to know.   

Accountable Care States: The Future of Health Care Cost Control 
This paper by some leading health economists argues that we are unlikely to make a significant dent in further controlling costs at the national level and should therefore turn it over to states to enact cost controls.  Some states are already doing this.  While there is merit to this position, not convinced that we cannot do it at the national level.  We have already made some inroads by enacting the ACA with health exchanges, and creating ACOs.  

Average Exchange Premiums Show Slight Decline In 2015: Report 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Why more people could be getting health insurance at work

Why more people, not fewer, could be getting health insurance at work  

New Birth Control Rules Appear To Track Supreme Court Suggestion

Medicare Star Ratings Allow Nursing Homes to Game the System  Very critical article.  Raises important issues but not certain how valid. 

Some useful information about enrollment, use of services, etc.

Financial and Quality Impacts of the Medicare Physician Group Practice Demonstration 
Results are positive.  

States Seeking to Expand Medicaid Through Waivers Can Learn From Arkansas, Iowa, and Michigan

One Year into Duals Demo Enrollment: Early Expectations Meet Reality

Almost 7 million Americans could qualify to outside open enrollment:

Provider networks aren't transparent enough.

80% of patients who read their doctor's notes better understood their own health via

Child refugees and health care

Updated edition of our FAQ about resolving health insurance Marketplace “inconsistencies”

Primary care practices need help to effectively use , but how? Check out key techniques from :

Exchange Customers Now Receiving Subsidies Should Review Tax Issues 

Obamacare Still ‘Red Meat’ For GOP Candidates But Focus Of Attacks Shift

While these campaigns are not so accurate, they will score points because the public is not adequately informed. 

Tax refunds may get hit due to health law credits