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The mortal threat to Medicaid — and how to fix it

January 6, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion

Jan. 1 was a red-letter day for America’s provision of healthcare to its poorest residents–and we do mean red.

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Insurers can help slow healthcare spending

December 18, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a statement indicating that healthcare spending growth in 2013 slowed to just 3.6 percent. 

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We must protect vital “340B” drug discounts for safety net hospitals

November 21, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion

Millions of Americans receive help every year from a federal program they have never heard of: the 340B drug discount program, which allows public and nonprofit safety-net hospitals to better provide both affordable medications and vital services to the underserved.

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Two Reasons Why Your Company’s Health Insurance Premiums Have Gone Up (And Will Keep Going Up)

November 19, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion

As the health care exchanges prepare continue open enrollment, the more recent news is that health care premiums are… going down. Wait, what?

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Biosimilar approval is long overdue

November 13, 2014  /  Editorials

Generic versions of brand-name chemically based drugs are well-established in the U.S. market. However, even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was given the authority in 2010 to create a pathway to approve a “generic” version of a biologic drug, more properly called a “biosimilar,” the agency has not approved a single one.

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Insurers: Clean up your provider networks

November 4, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion

Many providers approach exchange plans like Medicaid, so they’re avoiding taking too many patients reimbursed at lower rates so that they don’t go out of business.

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Is the Affordable Care Act Working?

October 27, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion

After a year fully in place, the Affordable Care Act has largely succeeded in delivering on President Obama’s main promises, an analysis by a team of reporters and data researchers shows. But it has also fallen short in some ways and given rise to a powerful conservative backlash.

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How Fast Are Small-Business Health Premiums Rising?

October 14, 2014  /  Editorials

Today’s question is a basic one: Will premiums for small businesses rise in 2015, and if so, how steeply?

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Medicaid, often criticized, is popular with its customers

October 9, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion

Low-income people in three Southern states were recently asked whether they preferred Medicaid or private insurance. Guess which one they picked?

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Medicaid Gives the Poor a Reason to Say No Thanks

September 25, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion

When it comes to Medicaid, premiums barely cover any of the cost of care at all. In fact, it’s possible that the administrative costs of collecting them may be significant compared with the amount collected. If so, why bother?

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