In the weeks following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, much of the attention surrounding the law has focused on the expansion of Medicaid. The Court made the expansion optional, and many conservative governors quickly stated their resistance to adopting the Medicaid expansion. Why, though?
When it comes to implementing health reform, it turns out the old saying “the early bird gets the worm” sums it up pretty well.
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But what are primary care doctors worth? According to a new study, communities with a higher concentration of primary care doctors see fewer emergency room visits from seniors than communities with fewer primary care doctors. That sounds like a pound of cure to us!
The Journal of the American Medical Association recently released a study that highlighted just how important primary doctors are for the health of our seniors and our communities at large.
If you had to choose between making car payments and visiting the doctor, which would you choose? What about if you had to choose between saving up for your children’s college tuition or paying for an expensive check-up out of your own pocket?
Americans around the country have found themselves in tight spots like these time and time again in our health care system. Uninsured middle-class Americans make difficult decisions about their future and their health, all while carefully monitoring their bank account to make sure they can make ends meet.
While most of the health reform debate has focused on expanding coverage, eliminating pre-existing conditions exclusions, or reducing costs, there are myriad ways that health reform will also improve the quality of your care. It will do this through rewarding quality of care over quantity, promoting better information-sharing, and investing in preventive care.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released its recommendations on which services should be added to the list of preventive services new insurance plans must offer at no cost to the patient under the Affordable Care Act.
While the IOM's birth control recommendations got the bulk of the media attention, contraception is only one of eight free preventive services recommended. The seven others did not get as much attention but are just as important.
The news of WellPoint's Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield hiking up premiums for its customers in California by 39% made waves across the country, and many other of WellPoint's affiliates will soon follow suit.
California consumers are not alone as they face huge premium hikes. Other consumers in states across the country also will see rate hikes from WellPoint this year.
The creation of a risk adjustment program is a vital part of the Affordable Care Act. It lessens the incentive for insurance companies to enroll only healthy people by helping insurers cover the costs of people with high health care needs. According to Steve Larsen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight,
Despite his past critiques of the Affordable Care Act, Ohio Governor Kasich announced last Monday that his state will accept federal funds to expand Medicaid, effectively ensuring access to health coverage for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans.
My grandmother likes to complain—her feet hurt, she doesn’t understand the internet, kids these days. But the one thing she never complains about? Medicare.