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Cancer screening: An example of when less can be more, experts say

Americans get too many tests to screen for common types of cancer, and the American College of Physicians wants them to stop.

New clinical guidelines from the medical group include a litany of statistics that illustrate our obsession with cancer screening. Among them: About 6 in 10 adults submitted …


Coverage to Care: No Longer Fighting Depression Alone

I spent the last 10 years fighting depression, virtually on my own. As a part-time waitress and college student, I couldn’t afford health insurance …


PolitiFact Florida: Medicaid expansion would help many of the same people that LIP helps

Washington may favor expanding Medicaid, Gov. Rick Scott argues, but it won't help the people being served by the soon-to-expire Low Income Pool, …


Obamacare's Unpopularity Can't Kill It

Politicians -- Republicans as well as Democrats -- can learn a lot from the short history of health-care reform. The lesson is: Get the policy right and improve the world. But don't expect it to help your party.

Jonathan Cohn has a fascinating essay in the American Prospect exploring why the public …

Political Science

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act

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If you have a new health insurance plan or insurance policy beginning on or after September 23, 2010, the following preventive …

Florida Struggles to Pay the Tab for Rejecting Obamacare

Governor Rick Scott and conservative state lawmakers are finding that it’s not so easy to cover the poor without expanding Medicaid.

When Florida Governor Rick Scott arrived in Washington on Wednesday to sit down with Sylvia Burwell, the secretary of health and human services, he was fulfilling a …


The Clock Is Ticking And Republicans Still Have No Serious Obamacare Alternative

Republicans keep saying they’ll be ready to act if the Supreme Court upholds the big legal challenge to Obamacare, thereby wiping out financial assistance for millions of people in two-thirds of the states.

With the clock ticking down to a ruling, it’s gotten awfully hard to take the GOP’s vows …


Scott to hospitals: Share your profits

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott wants hospitals in Florida to share what he called “record-high profits” to make up for the loss of billions in federal …


Medicare Revolution: Profiting from Quality, not Quantity [Kindle Edition]

One of the most controversial aspects of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was how the government measures the cost effectiveness and …

Report: Ky. hospitals lose money under federal health law

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky hospitals have cut their workforce by 10 percent since 2013 as they prepare for an estimated $7 billion in federal …

Health Care Law

Smarter, cheaper technologies for improved point-of-care medicine in remote areas

Flexible microchip with electrodes sends an electrical signal when patient samples contain HIV (credit: Shafiee, H. et al./ Scientific …


Expanding Medicaid Trims Hospitals' Costs Of Caring For Uninsured

When patients show up in the hospital without health insurance, they often receive charity care — the hospital treats the person and then swallows some or all of the costs.

It's central to the mission of many nonprofit hospitals, particularly those serving low-income areas.

"That's why we're here, …


Brand-Name Medicines Dominate Medicare's $103 Billion Drug Bill

Brand-name drugs to treat heartburn, diabetes, depression and other common afflictions of the elderly were among the most expensive drains on the federal government's Medicare prescription benefit, costing more than $1 billion each in 2013, newly released data show.

The federal government popped the …


Ohio Republican Gov. Kasich On Expanding Medicaid: 'It's My Money'

No Republican has ever won the White House without winning Ohio. That's exactly the argument Ohio Gov. John Kasich is making for why Republicans should choose him as their nominee in 2016.

"I will tell you that you can't be president if you don't win Ohio. That's not even a question," Kasich said …


Nobody Said That

Imagine yourself as a regular commentator on public affairs — maybe a paid pundit, maybe a supposed expert in some area, maybe just an opinionated billionaire. You weigh in on a major policy initiative that’s about to happen, making strong predictions of disaster. The Obama stimulus, you declare, …


Jeb Bush Wants to Revive Obamacare's "Death Panels." Good for Him.

The myth of the death panel is so interwoven with the history of the Affordable Care Act that it has come to seem like a primordial element of the …

Jeb Bush

Do These Poll Ratings Mark A Turning Point For Obamacare?

Favorable impressions of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act have increased slightly in recent months, showing the highest positive rating in a key tracking poll since the autumn of 2012.

While the change is small, the reasons behind it hint at shifts in the political environment that may …


Meet the Arizona doctor House Republicans like to quote

TALLAHASSEE — Dr. Jason Fodeman may not be a household name in Florida.

But he's a big deal in the Florida House, where Republicans are opposing the …

House Republicans

Obamacare Is More Popular Than It Seems—If You Discount These People's Opinions

Republicans have known for a long time now that the right’s absolutist position on the Affordable Care Act—that it should be repealed outright—is a …

Repeal Campaigns

Has Obamacare Turned Voters Against Sharing the Wealth?

With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, the share of Americans convinced that health care is a right shrank from a majority to a minority.

This shift in public opinion is a major victory for the Republican Party. It is part of a larger trend: a steady decline in support for redistributive …

Social Justice

Obama just approved a $214 billion plan to fix Medicare. That's a big deal.

President Obama signed a $214 billion Medicare reform package late Thursday that will overhaul the entitlement program funding — and has strong …


Leaders push Medicare bill toward final congressional OK

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders drove legislation permanently overhauling how Medicare pays physicians toward final congressional approval Tuesday in a rare bipartisan push to erase an irritant that has dogged lawmakers for years.

Adding urgency to legislators' work, the measure would block a 21 …

Rand Paul’s astonishing omission: 2016′s newest candidate didn’t have a single word to say about health care

The GOPer's speech declaring his 2016 candidacy didn't mention healthcare reform at all, which is pretty strange

As I watched Rand Paul deliver his speech yesterday announcing his candidacy for the presidency, one thought kept occurring to me: this guy’s got some ideas. Granted, many of the ideas …

The State-Level Future of Healthcare Reform

While the national debate over the Affordable Care Act remains deadlocked in dispute, local-level reform trends towards bipartisan convergence.

The Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell, whatever it may be, won’t mark the end of Obamacare. On the other hand, Obamacare itself was never intended to …

Health Care

Turning to Big, Big Data to See What Ails the World

Like many fields, public health is in the midst of a data revolution: randomized control trials, pay-for-performance and value calculations, all based on data, are changing our ideas about what works and how to finance it.

The impact of these new methods to gather and evaluate data pales, however, …


This Chart Proves That Ted Cruz Is Wrong About Obamacare

On Thursday, CNBC published an interview with Senator Ted Cruz, who last month became the first big-name Republican to officially declare for the …

Ted Cruz

The Next Cybersecurity Target: Medical Data

The health industry is not immune to cyberattacks.

Hackers often carry out massive cyberattacks to gain access to financial data through banks and retail companies, but this week's cybercrime hit a seemingly new target: medical data, taken from the health insurance company Premera Blue Cross. The …

Health Care

Hospitals Are Wrong About Shifting Costs to Private Insurers

To hear some hospital executives tell it, they have to make up payment shortfalls from Medicaid and Medicare by charging higher prices to privately insured patients. How else could a hospital stay afloat if it didn’t?

But this logic is flawed.

Study after study in recent years has cast doubt on the …


The Freakout From An Obamacare Ruling Could Be Unlike Anything We've Seen

WASHINGTON -- Experts have a pretty good sense of what will happen if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, cutting off Obamacare’s tax credits in roughly two-thirds of the states. Without that financial assistance, most of the people now buying insurance through …