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The Affordable Care Act has dramatically expanded access to high-quality, affordable health insurance coverage. Since the law’s major coverage provisions took effect at the start of 2014, the Nation has seen the sharpest reduction in the uninsured rate since the decade following the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965...
Direct Benefits of Expanded Insurance Coverage for the Newly Insured
This was the detailed study performed by the NC Institute of Medicine for use by the NC General Assembly’s deliberation on accepting the Federal Affordable Care Act’s offer of expanding to new recipients: poor adults without any of: young children pregnancy full and permanent disability senior citizen status Ideas it contains include the cost of caring... Read More →
A tabular and narrative report about the states which negotiated alternative forms of ACA-Approved Medicaid Expansion. Generally these are states with Republican Governors, imposing a variable combination of co-pays, incentives, screens, supplemental premiums. Each program is enacted as a pilot, required to report the effect of these modifications to Federal Health & Human Services following a trial period.... Read More →
Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a nonprofit news service committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. Special internal pages include stories about Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. KHN is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, Calif., that is dedicated to filling... Read More →
A terrific non-profit resource that provides primary reporting and new facts to politic and policy events in NC. It was created and is edited by previous WUNC-FM’s health reporter Rose Hoban. She entered journalism circuitously: After a decade of practicing nursing, she enrolled at UC Berkeley’s journalism school. While at Berkeley, she also earned a... Read More →
Administrative Work Consumes One-Sixth Of U.S. Physicians’ Working Hours And Lowers Their Career Satisfaction Doctors often complain about the burden of administrative work, but few studies have quantified how much time clinicians devote to administrative tasks. We quantified the time U.S. physicians spent on administrative tasks, and its relationship to their career satisfaction, based on a... Read More →
Introduction This report presents data on health insurance coverage in the United States based on information collected in the 2014 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Source and Accuracy [PDF 374kb] Highlights In 2013, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage for the entire... Read More →
Key findings Data from the National Health Interview Survey, 2012 In 2012, more than one in four families experienced financial burdens of medical care. Families with incomes at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (FPL) were more likely to experience financial burdens of medical care than families with incomes above 250% of the... Read More →
Executive Summary The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. Among the 11 nations studied in this report—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United... Read More →
Today, the Council of Economic Advisers released a report, Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid, which details the effects of state decisions regarding Medicaid expansion on access to care, financial security, overall health and well-being of residents, and state economies. The Affordable Care Act has expanded high‐quality, affordable health insurance... Read More →
Could North Carolina became the first State to achieve universal health insurance coverage? A student asked me recently what it would take financially to do so, and how it could most simply and quickly be done. Here is a quick estimate. Using the Kaiser Family Foundation’s numbers, in 2016 there will be 1,216,000 uninsured persons... Read More →
Introduction Ever since starting clinical practice 62 years ago I have looked forward to this conference. Mercifully, good fortune and good genes enable me to attend. From my earliest days in medicine I have struggled against the prevailing model of healthcare. My opposition in part was provoked by the growing prevalence of overtreatment. Resort to... Read More →
Single-payer national health insurance, also known as “Medicare for all,” is a system in which a single public or quasi-public agency organizes health care financing, but the delivery of care remains largely in private hands. Under a single-payer system, all residents of the U.S. would be covered for all medically necessary services, including doctor, hospital,... Read More →
This is an email subscription service from PNHP that delivers commentary from an expert and articulate physician on developments in the progress toward health care reform and single payer.