The Takeaway: Closing the Coverage Gap—It’s Getting Better All the Time

There’s not much the Obama administration can do to persuade states to take up the already generous terms available for closing the Medicaid coverage gap, especially in an election year. But they are doing what they can to sweeten the...

With Health Policy Lemons, Florida Advocates Make Lemonade: Protecting Consumers From Unfair Surprise Medical Bills

Despite political opposition to the Affordable Care Act at the highest levels of state government, Florida led the nation as the state with the most people gaining new health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. However, for Floridians with coverage,...

Patient-Centered Care? We Have a Long Way to Go

On April 4, my 73-year-old mother had back surgery. It was a difficult and lengthy procedure and, unfortunately, she experienced a series of post-operative complications. She remained in the hospital for 12 days, and for several of those days things...

The Takeaway: Battle Over Drug Prices Heats Up

Drug prices are continuing their upward spiral and there seems to be no end in sight. Lucky for the drug companies (and unlucky for us) that they have very deep pockets because it appears they are going to need them...

Springtime and HST: When It Rains It Pours

It is Washington in April and the last year of the Obama administration and so – not unexpectedly – it has been a major week for health care policy proposals and rule changes; over 2,400 pages worth of proposals and...

UnitedHealth’s Marketplace Plans So Good, They’re Not Going To Offer Them Anymore

Recently, UnitedHealth Group signaled they will be exiting Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces in several states following losses they sustained because too many sick people are buying their plans and using their insurance. UnitedHealth seems to have learned what many...

Closing the Coverage Gap Helps Knock Down Stubborn Health Disparities

The fourth in our National Minority Health Month blog series. For National Minority Health month, we are celebrating the 32 states including the District of Columbia that have chosen to close the coverage gap. Not only have these states extended...

Punishment of Pregnant Women With Substance Use Issues Harms Parents and Children - So Why Do So Many States Allow It?

The third in our National Minority Health Month blog series. In 2014, Tennessee became the first state in the country to pass a law making it a criminal offense to use drugs while pregnant. Now, two years later, the state...

The Takeaway: One More Time with Feeling

One More Time with Feeling It’s pre-rating filing season again. That means it’s time for the annual ritual of insurers trying to soften up the public and regulators for rate increases. This year, HHS is pushing back on the insurers’...