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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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In Context, Health Premium Increases Don’t Actually Look Like Increases

September 23, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion

Based on data available so far, average premiums for last year’s most popular plans would rise 8.4 percent, but that people willing to switch plans could get much better deals — an average 1 percent increase, and even decreases in some markets.

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Concierge Medicine For All: Direct Primary Care Is The Solution For Our Health Care System

September 20, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion

It is obvious to everyone that the healthcare system in our country is broken and getting worse.  What is not so obvious is what it would take to fix it.  To know this, we have to understand where we are and how we got here.

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Two Americas on Healthcare and a danger of further division

July 23, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion

The Affordable Care Act was designed to help standardize important parts of that system, by imposing some common rules across the entire country and by providing federal financing to help residents in all states afford insurance coverage. But a series of court rulings on the law could make the differences among the states bigger than […]

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The Doctor Is Out, But the Advanced Practice Provider Can See You Now

July 18, 2014  /  Editorials

Nurses and physician assistants are rising in numbers and ranks to augment patient care, especially in underserved communities. A study published last year illustrated that increased use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants could significantly lessen the projected primary care physician shortage. Their expanded roles could also dramatically reduce costs, according to a recent report.

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Pick your poison: Cost vs. choice in ACA marketplace insurance plans

July 16, 2014  /  Editorials

The ACA requires marketplace plans to have adequate networks of providers, but “adequate” is a fairly inexact and elastic term.-which can lead to real problems for people with unusual or severe conditions that depend on particular specialists in a given geographic region.

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The Long Wait to See a Doctor

July 7, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion

Americans are already experiencing long waits to get doctor’s appointments, and experts say the delays are bound to get worse when millions of previously uninsured Americans get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Hurting hospitals for doing good

July 4, 2014  /  Editorials

A perverse and unintended consequence of a law that otherwise is providing a multitude of social benefits – the federal government is unfairly penalizing hospitals that care for our country’s most vulnerable individuals.

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On Medicaid Expansion: Red States will be watching Red States

June 30, 2014  /  Editorials

Since the Supreme Court made expanding Medicaid optional for states under the Affordable Care Act, 26 states have expanded Medicaid. Three of the 24 states that have not–Indiana, Utah and Pennsylvania–are considering expanding via federal waivers that they are negotiating with the Obama administration.

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