Jordan Roberts

Health Policy Analyst

Posts by Jordan Roberts (page 2)

  • More troubling youth mental health numbers

    One of the most startling trends in American health care is the rate at which adolescents are seeking care for mental health issues. New data reported by Kaiser Health News reveals that California is experiencing a sharp increase in emergency room…
    Jordan Roberts, November 12, 2019
  • Doctor On Demand and Walmart team up to provide primary care

    Last week Walmart and Doctor on Demand announced a massive primary care telemedicine deal for Walmart employees. An article in HealthLeaders elaborates:  The new partnership between Walmart and Doctor On Demand features an innovative approach to…
    Jordan Roberts, November 11, 2019
  • What to make of the new ACA numbers

    The roughly 10 million individuals who purchase insurance through the Obamacare exchanges received good new for 2020 premiums yesterday. An article from the WSJ elaborates:  Average rates for the most popular, middle-priced plan will fall 4% in…
    Jordan Roberts, October 24, 2019
  • Stat News highlights Trump administration HRA rule

    President Trump signed an executive order in late 2017 to increase the use of short-term, limited-duration insurance, association health plans, and health reimbursement accounts. All three of these options boosted the choices that individuals have who don’t get health insurance from work or struggle to afford current options.
    Jordan Roberts, October 23, 2019
  • Regulation and choice

    Sometimes public policy is designed for the benefit of a few at the expense of all others. A recent California bill is a perfect example of just that:  Shares of SmileDirectClub SDC -12.85% Inc. fell…
    Jordan Roberts, October 15, 2019
  • The impact of medical licensure laws

    Medical licensing is in place to help prevent patients from being treated by someone with no training or by someone who has had ethical violations in the past. However, in many circumstances, states have gone too far in the amount of medical licensing medical professionals must obtain to…
    Jordan Roberts, October 14, 2019
  • Health care waste numbers

    A new study published in the JAMA reveals the extent of waste in the American health care system. The researchers estimated waste totals for six different categories by looking at reports from January 2019 to May 2019. Here are some estimates calculated by the researchers: …
    Jordan Roberts, October 8, 2019
  • Mental health and youth’s screen time

    Mental health has become a much larger part of the discussion of overall health. This topic interests me for several reasons. One, I believe that neglecting mental health in the conversation of overall health leaves out a huge component of the whole equation. Two, there seems to be…
    Jordan Roberts, August 28, 2019