Category Archives: politics

Overtreated

I’ve started reading Shannon Brownlee’s book Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer.  Bear in mind that the book is from 2007, prior to the ACA enactment and the current debates about the next direction for … Continue reading

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Medicaid expansion in Virginia

Yesterday, Virginia became the latest state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. What changed? The 2017 statewide elections which broke GOP control of the Virginia legislature and governorship. Votes matter – and in some cases your well-being depends … Continue reading

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Don Berwick breaks down health policy

Don Berwick, President Emeritus of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and former director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, holds weekly online talks about health care and health care policy.  This past week, Berwick broke down the differences … Continue reading

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The wage of the nation

Just some food for thought… Also, in case you were wondering, to be eligible for Medicaid according to the Affordable Care Act, individuals have to make less than $16,040 in a year.  For someone working 40 hours a week, 52 … Continue reading

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the AHCA

I posted this both on Facebook and Twitter the other day but I think it is worth repeating, especially as this forum is supposed to be about the intersection of health care and policy. 1) The AHCA (aka Trumpcare) is … Continue reading

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What drives insurance premium costs? It’s not what you think.

Before the House GOP health care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act stalled, there was some discussion by lawmakers to repeal the “essential health benefits.”  These were mandatory requirements created by the Affordable Care Act that most … Continue reading

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Medicaid while you work

It’s a tagline from politicians that we’ve heard before for the Welfare program – and now they have their eyes set on Medicaid.  If you are able bodied to work and you want Medicaid, you better find employment or be … Continue reading

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