Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Medigap Reform : Setting the Context

this kaiser family report examines the impact of changes in medigap policies.  evidently medigap changes are being considered  by the deficit committee. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

U.S. Health Insurance Cost Rises Sharply, Study Finds

this nytimes article raises tough questions especially for obama and health reform. hope the article's thoughts that the future may be better is right, but this will not help for now.  

Friday, September 23, 2011

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll -- September 2011

This month’s poll examines public opinion about the "super committee" and explores the views and experience of individuals who have pre-existing health conditions, in addition to continuing tracking opinion about the health reform law.

New Study: U.S. Ranks Last Among High-Income Nations on Preventable Deaths

not good news, but we have generally known this.  

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

AHR: Inside Deficit Reduction and Health Care

Alliance for Health Reform Session.  Complete webpage is at

Some key panel members participated in this program.  I think very highly of Bob Greenstein, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. 

Videotape of session

I participate in alliance session with couple of questions to panel. Can be seen at 1:11 and 1:58 of  program.  My second question was what changes in health policy do you recommend to debt supercommittee and what is likely to come out of committee.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Raising Expectations: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers

 From AARP

this report describes state differences on four key dimensions of long term care. The key dimensions are affordability and access; choice of setting and provider; quality of life and quality of care; and support for family caregivers.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

deficit committee timeline

here is timeline from Congressional Quarterly

  •  Sept. 8: Organizational meeting of joint committee.
  • Sept. 13: First hearing of joint committee.
  • Oct. 14: Deadline for standing committees to forward their recommendations to joint committee.
  • Nov. 23: Deadline for joint committee to vote on legislative proposals, with a 10-year deficit reduction goal of $1.5 trillion.
  • Dec. 2: Deadline for joint committee to formally report proposals.
  • Dec. 23: Deadline for House and Senate to vote on proposals, without amendment.
  • Jan. 15, 2012: Deadline for enactment of at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction, or across-the-board spending cuts will be triggered.
  • Jan. 2, 2013: If triggered, across-the-board cuts will take effect.

Friday, September 2, 2011

State-federal review of health insurance rate increases begins, double-digit price hikes must be justified

another important benefit of Affordable care act. 

also, see

Check out this short video about the new rules that protect consumers from double-digit rate hikes: