Healthcare Reform
ObamaCare State of Emergency. Will Single Payer Fix It?
ObamaCare State of Emergency. Will Single Payer Fix It?
This week's health policy news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. “ObamaCare Keeps Our Health System In A State Of Emergency,” writes Sally Pipes (Investor’s Business Daily, Apr 1). Obama “promised that the Affordable Care Act would alleviate the pressure on ERs by expanding access to insurance—and thus diverting people who previously would’ve gone to the emergency room for routine care to the doctor’s office instead.” This hasn’t happened. Medicaid recipients are actually using ERs more, finding it difficult to find care elsewhere, and the system’s grade for quality, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians, dropped from... read more
ObamaCare Winners and Losers
ObamaCare Winners and Losers
This week's health policy news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. Those who chose a Health Savings Account (HSA) will probably find it regulated out of existence in the 500-page rule for standardized health plans. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/433639/health-savings-accounts-obamacare-affordable-care-act-killing-hsa State and federal taxpayers are big losers because of 16 million more Medicaid recipients. CBO estimates that $64 billion, almost one quarter of the $279 billion the federal government will spend on Medicaid and SCHIP this year, is due to ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, reports John Graham (Forbes 3/30/16). http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2016/03/30/obamacares-uninsured-up-5-million-medicaid-dependents-up-16-million-since-2010-estimate/#57450b362d90 Workers are losers when employers pull the plug on their health plans. Between 4... read more
National Physicians Week, Spoonful of Sugar challenge.
National Physicians Week, Spoonful of Sugar challenge.
Via Dr. Marion Mass Welcome to the National Physicians Week, Spoonful of Sugar challenge. Whether you are patient or physician, keep the sweetness in medicine by filming a short video of yourself or writing a brief story of a real event that describes a positive medical interaction . Post on FB on Physicians Working Together and your home page, and twitter (hashtags below) and don't forget to tag 10 friends, doctors or non doctors, challenging them to participate. The 3 "sweetest" videos or stories (chosen by the Physicians Working Together board) will receive a basket of sweetness including organic honey,... read more
A Wake for ACA
A Wake for ACA
The sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a wake, not a birthday party, writes Michael Cannon in Forbes, Mar 23. ACA is no longer the law. “Dramatic revisions made by Obama and the U.S. Supreme Court have effectively replaced the ACA with something we now call Obamacare.” Obamacare uses the taxing power to force Americans into government-approved third-party payment plans for their medical care. With the approval of the U.S. Supreme Court it even imposes taxes on 100 million Americans specifically exempted by Congress in ACA—those in states without a state exchange. http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelcannon/2016/03/23/the-acas-sixth-anniversary-is-a-wake-not-a-birthday-party/#68857be1fb9a For most ordinary Americans,... read more
ObamaCare in Tax Season
ObamaCare in Tax Season
This week's health policy news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. Whether they would ordinarily be required to file income taxes or not, anyone who received ObamaCare premium assistance must file Form 1095A, with a monthly accounting of premium paid, the second-lowest cost (silver) premium, and the monthly advance payment of premium credit. The insurance exchanges, however, are late on providing needed information. Worse, 80% of the forms sent out in Hawaii contained errors. One taxpayer who had withdrawn from Covered California in 2014 still received 1095-A forms two years in a row incorrectly showing that she was enrolled.... read more
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