The Alan Katz Health Care Reform Magazine

By Alan Katz | The policies and politics surrounding health care reform in a Donald Trump world.

Facebook will show users what Russian propaganda they liked or followed

You could soon see whether you interacted with Russian propaganda on Facebook and Instagram during the 2016 election.<p>On Wednesday, Facebook announced a new portal that lets users see which Internet Research Agency-linked Facebook pages or Instagram accounts they liked or followed between January …

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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – November 2017: The Politics of Health Insurance Coverage, ACA Open Enrollment

KEY FINDINGS:<p>This month marks the start of the ACA’s fifth open enrollment period for individuals who purchase health plans on their own. The …

Health Care

We've lost one of the clearest voices on health care, Uwe Reinhardt

All journalists have a list of experts they can call to explain complicated theories and policies, but few if any could explain things as clearly and …

Health Care

Middle-Class Families Confront Soaring Health Insurance Costs

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Consumers here at first did not believe the health insurance premiums they saw when they went shopping for coverage this month on HealthCare.gov. Only five plans were available, and for a family of four with parents in their mid-30s, the cheapest plan went typically for more …

Health Insurance

For Millions of Insured Americans, State Health Laws Don’t Apply

Let’s say you have health insurance through your employer and live in one of 21 states with laws protecting consumers against surprise medical bills …

Health Care

I.R.S. Starts to Enforce Health Law’s Rule That Employers Offer Insurance

As Republicans and the Trump administration continue trying to chip away at the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service has begun, for the first time, to enforce one of the law’s most polarizing provisions: the employer mandate.<p>Thousands of businesses — many of them small or midsize — …

Insurance

What repealing Obamacare's individual mandate means

Republican lawmakers have long wanted to kill Obamacare's individual mandate, one of the least popular provisions of the health reform law. Now, GOP senators are trying to do the deed by repealing the mandate in their tax reform bill.<p>Senators say eliminating the individual mandate would give them …

Health Care

Senate tax plan repeals Obamacare's individual mandate

<b>OBAMACARE REPEAL IS BACK —</b> Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare have reemerged in the Senate's latest tax reform package, which includes scrapping the health law’s individual mandate.<p>Senate Finance Committee Republicans late Tuesday evening released an updated version of their tax reform plan, …

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The Ezra Klein Show: VC Bill Gurley on Transforming Health Care

November 15, 2017:<p>In November of 2015, I posted a tweet that declared Benchmark was interested in discovering Internet healthcare investments. Our …

Health Care

Not on Obamacare? 3 Shocking Charts Show Why a Repeal Could Soon Affect You, Too

The first is the most important for you, and the third is what politicians can't afford to ignore.<p>A report came out recently with major implications …

Health Care

Is 10 minutes long enough for a doctor's appointment? Fed up patients are sick of waiting

Patients are turning up at their GPs with a “shopping list” of ailments after waiting weeks for an appointment, a North East doctor has …

Health Care

CBO revises deficit estimate from Obamacare individual mandate repeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday said that repealing the individual mandate for health insurance would reduce the federal budget deficit less than first forecast as it readied a revised analysis of a policy shift favored by Republicans.<p>The CBO, the nonpartisan …

ObamaCare

4 reasons why US health care is so expensive

<b>(CNN) —</b> Health care spending in the United States increased by about $933.5 billion between 1996 and 2013, according to an analysis published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA. More than half of this surge was a result of generally higher prices for health care services.<p>Joseph L. Dieleman, lead …

Health Care

ObamaCare signups surge in early days to set new record

A record number of people signed up for ObamaCare in the first few days of open enrollment this year compared to the same period in previous years, …

Health Care

Work requirements coming to Medicaid?

<b>WORK REQUIREMENTS COMING TO MEDICAID? —</b> CMS is developing guidance on how states could use waivers for work requirements in Medicaid, a proposal that would represent a major philosophical shift for the 52-year-old entitlement, POLITICO's Rachana Pradhan reports.<p>The guidance is expected to be …

Health Care

Ryan says Obamacare mandate repeal on table in tax debate: Fox News Sunday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House speaker Paul Ryan said his colleagues might use the tax overhaul currently under consideration to repeal the Affordable Care Act provision that mandates individuals buy health insurance.<p>"We have an active conversation with our members and a whole host of ideas on …

Health Care

Insurers make billions off Medicaid in California during Obamacare expansion

Medicaid is rarely associated with getting rich. The patients are poor, the budgets tight and payments to doctors often paltry.<p>But some insurance companies are reaping spectacular profits off the taxpayer-funded program in California, even when the state finds that patient care is subpar.<p>Health …

Health Care

Canadian Patients And Doctors Are Sharing 'Excruciating' Wait Times On Twitter

"Insane.""An eternity.""Excruciating."These are just some of the descriptors patients and doctors across Canada are using as they reveal the wait …

Health Care

House to Vote on Child Health Care, but Funding Will Remain in Limbo

WASHINGTON — The House on Friday is expected to pass legislation to refinance the Children’s Health Insurance Program and send federal funds to community health centers. But a partisan morass over how to pay for the legislation all but ensures that state governments and millions of children will …

Health Care

Five things to know as ObamaCare enrollment begins

The frenzy over health care this year has stoked public confusion about ObamaCare, with some people erroneously stating in polls that the law has …

Insurance

ObamaCare open enrollment begins: What you need to know

The open enrollment period for consumers to buy health care policies on the federal exchanges for the coming year begins Wednesday, though with policy shifts out of D.C. there are changes ahead for companies and individuals.<p>Despite multiple unsuccessful efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable …

Medicare

'Obamacare' curveball: free insurance in 1,500-plus counties

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an odd twist, low-income people in about half of U.S. counties will now be able to get a taxpayer-subsidized "Obamacare" policy for free, according to a new study that suggests some actions by President Donald Trump against the health law could backfire.<p>Monday's analysis of …

Insurance

Why is the Trump administration delaying a rule to punish drug makers for price gouging?

<i>Updated</i> | Members of the Senate are leaning on the Trump administration to stop holding off on implementing a rule that would punish drug makers for …

Health Care

With Federal Funds Cut, Others Must Lead Health Insurance Sign-Up Efforts

Starting next week, Americans will again be able to shop for health plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. Open enrollment in most states runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. But a lot of people don't know that because the Trump administration slashed the marketing budget for Affordable Care …

Health Care

Bernie Sanders's acclaim for Canadian health care obscures our system's many deficiencies

We need to be honest with ourselves: Canada can do much better<p>Former Democratic leadership candidate Bernie Sanders is in Canada this weekend, …

Health Care

Canada's health system serves as model for Sanders – but faces troubles of its own

Experts warn of ‘major threat’ of privatisation and point to concerns over gaps in coverage, even as Canadians are widely proud of their healthcare system<p>Bernie Sanders will arrive in Toronto this weekend for a crash course in an unrivalled point of pride for most Canadians: the country’s …

Health Care

CBO: Alexander-Murray Would Reduce Deficit by $3.8B

Number of insured Americans would not substantially change<p>The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday health care legislation proposed by Sens. …

Health Care

Study: ACA silver plan premiums up average of 34 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — As online window shopping on HealthCare.gov went live Wednesday, an independent analysis found that premiums for the most popular health plans under the Affordable Care Act are rising by an average 34 percent next year.<p>The analysis of newly released government data by the …

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