Health Care

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    Too much screen time associated with poorer mental health

    One of the most troubling trends in the health care space in our country is the prevalence of mental health issues among our youngest generations. Disproportionately, Millenials and Generation Z are affected by rising mental health issues and a higher incidence of self-inflicted harm. In previous writings (see…
    Jordan Roberts, December 4, 2019
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    Congress should say no to Unique Patient Identifier

    We live in a world where data privacy is so important because of how many devices collect individual data. There is probably no more important area for data privacy than health care. Our patient records and medical history have incredibly sensitive data for each individual that everyone should…
    Jordan Roberts, December 3, 2019
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    AHP lawsuit is hurting Americans

    It’s no secret that many individuals and small businesses struggle to afford health insurance. One result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the regulations placed on small business and individual insurance inflated the prices of plans significantly.  Association health plans…
    Jordan Roberts, November 25, 2019
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    Trump administration’s new transparency rule

    Last week the Trump administration announced it would begin forcing hospitals to publically disclose the rates in which they negotiate with insurers.  I wrote about this on the blog back when the administration was mulling the idea. Now we have the final rule. …
    Jordan Roberts, November 19, 2019
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    Democrat hypocrisy on health coverage

    Last week, a three-judge panel for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in ongoing litigation concerning a Trump administration rule, which expanded access to association health plans (AHP). North Carolina recently passed a bill that would allow North Carolinians to purchase these health plans, pending…
    Jordan Roberts, November 18, 2019
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    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
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    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
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    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