Saturday, January 10, 2015

Tax Credit is Important; Women Benefit

The Rand Corp.: The Effect Of Eliminating The Affordable Care Act's Tax Credits In Federally Facilitated Marketplaces 

 Infographic: How Many Women Are Benefiting from the Affordable Care Act?
 For millions of women, lifetime limits on their health insurance plans are a thing of the past. 

JAMA: Effect Of An Enhanced Medical Home On Serious Illness And Cost Of Care Among High-Risk Children With Chronic Illness   Very encouraging results  

HLM: Healthcare Quality Issues for 2015
This is HLM's perspectives on top quality issues.  I agree with several of the issues, not so much others, and see some important measures left out.  But progress is definitely being made. 

Data book on dual-eligible beneficiaries from MedPAC and MACPAC
An excellent source of information on this most important group of beneficiaries, the most costly group in these programs.

This data book is organized into the following sections:overview of dual-eligible beneficiaries
  • characteristics of dual-eligible beneficiaries
  •  eligibility pathways, managed care enrollment, and continuity of enrollment
  •  dual-eligible beneficiaries’ utilization of and spending on Medicare and Medicaid services
  • Medicare and Medicaid spending for dual-eligible beneficiaries by LTSS use
  • trends in dual-eligible population composition, spending, and service use 
Medical Debt Among Insured Consumers
A very useful report 

What to Expect After You Enroll
Quick video explains billing, insurance cards and doctor. From Maryland Health Connection.

From Alliance for Retired Americans 

So does Medicaid!!

For their 25th anniversary, I was on detail to the House Aging Committee and wrote a report for Committee's hearing.  

Medicare and Medicaid's 25th anniversary - much promised, accomplished, and left unfinished : a report presented by the chairman of the Select Committee on Aging, House of Representatives, One Hundred First Congress, second session. 
We had quite a party after the hearing with Burt Lancaster, John Rockfeller, and Gail Wilensky. 

The above report and a few other of my publications can be found at

My CV can be found at this site as well as on the side of this blog.  30 years at USDHHS, 26 of which were at CMS.

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