Tag Archives: Affordable Care Act

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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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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Health insurance rates by state

The uninsured rate in the US dropped to its lowest level ever last year – 9.1% to be exact.  But that drop in the uninsured rate hasn’t been equally felt across the country, and data recently released from the Census … Continue reading

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United Health bails out

A few weeks ago, UnitedHealth announced that it was dropping out of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges in at least 16 states.  The insurer sells individual ACA plans in 34 states, although it hasnt yet confirmed which state markets … Continue reading

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Mammograms for Medicaid

For low-income women, living in a state that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act means you’re more likely to get a mammogram for breast cancer screening. According to new research, low-income women living in states that expanded Medicaid by … Continue reading

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The Affordable Care Act and LGBT access to health coverage

Many thanks to friend and fellow blogger BosGuy for sending along this awesome infographic about the different ways that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has impacted health coverage in the LGBT community.

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Bundled payments – for hip and knee replacements

Hip and knee replacements are among the most common operations performed in the United States.  In 2013, there were over 400k performed, and the inpatient stays alone cost Medicare $7 billion.  The Medicare payout for each procedure – including surgery, … Continue reading

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