The Takeaway: How Do the Political Scientists Explain This One?

One curious feature of our current moment in health policy is how divergent the impending course of action pledged by Republicans in Congress and the incoming Trump administration is from the preferences of major health care industry stakeholders. Dominant models...

Shifting Our National Approach to Addiction

The nationwide shift in the way we view and respond to problematic use of drugs and alcohol got a big boost last week with the release of Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health....

Shaking the Post-Election Magic 8-Ball for Health Innovation

I spent the Wednesday after election day in my primary care clinic and found myself incredibly grateful to be immersed in clinical work. Caring for people who are facing tough circumstances like the functional declines of old age, cancer treatment,...

The Takeaway: Health Care and the Election - The Fight For Health Care Justice Must Continue

How the voters thought about health care The election is over and Donald Trump, to the surprise of most people (including, apparently, the Trump campaign team) will be the next president of the United States. Although this will have profound...

For More than 73 Million People, It Is Critical that We Protect Medicaid and CHIP

73 million. 73 million. This is the number of people who rely on Medicaid for their health coverage - and almost half of them are children. It’s the number that stands out on the screen as we read Kaiser Health...

Serving Those Who’ve Served: Close the Coverage Gap for Uninsured Veterans

On November 11, many of us will gather to mark Veterans Day and to honor the courageous individuals who have served our country.

NEMT: Stalled in the Breakdown Lane

Let me tell you about a consumer I’ll call Marie. Marie lives in California and has End-Stage Renal Disease. She needs to get to a clinic three times a week for dialysis. Marie doesn’t have a car or any family...

Asking the Right Questions to Foster Happy, Healthy and Independent Aging

In late October, we attended the Senior Agenda Coalition of Rhode Island’s Ninth Annual Senior Conference in Warwick. The theme was “Aging in Community: What’s Next?” We met older adults in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s who were engaged...

The Takeaway: What We Don't Know Could Hurt Us (Or Not)

Here’s a scary sentence courtesy of the editorial writers at The New York Times, “The Affordable Care Act’s flaws are fixable, but only if politicians from both parties work together in good faith.”