Health Care (page 12)

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    Government Will Have to Pay for 1/2 of all Health Care Costs By 2020

    A new government report estimates that, “Total health care spending is expected to nearly double to $4.6 trillion in 2020, from $2.6 trillion in 2010. Health care spending per capita is forecast to increase to $13,708 in 2020 from $8,327 in 2010.” These kinds of estimations are made annually, but this is the…
    Nicole Fisher, July 29, 2011
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    HHS Lays Out Rules For Consumer-Controlled Health Insurance Plans

    On Monday the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) introduced new rules for consumer-controlled health insurance plans called “Consumer Oriented and Operated Plans” (also known as co-ops). The new rules from HHS indicate that co-ops could receive funds from the federal government to increase competition and potentially…
    Nicole Fisher, July 19, 2011
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    Where is the President’s Medicare Reform Plan????

    The White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said in an interview Sunday morning on ABC’s This Week that Medicare will run out of money within five years without large reform. The transcript can be found here. This interview communicated particularly interesting wording given that House Speaker John Boehner released…
    Nicole Fisher, July 11, 2011
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    Entitlement Programs Turn 45… and No One Celebrated

    The Medicare and Medicaid programs were established by Title XIX of the Social Security Act and signed into law on July 30, 1965. Then President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the legislation in Independence, Missouri at the Truman Library with former President Truman (the champion of both causes)…
    Nicole Fisher, July 5, 2011
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    State Employee Health Benefit Premiums

    When she vetoed the original State Employee Health Plan (SB265) North Carolina…
    Nicole Fisher, June 6, 2011
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    How PPACA Penalizes You For Being Married

    It may sound crazy in theory, but the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) actually has in place two penalties that target those who are married. The first penalty strongly encourages individuals to cohabitate instead of marrying. For health insurance, two singles living together who each earn $30,000 would…
    Nicole Fisher, May 25, 2011
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    Waivers, Waivers and More Waivers

    Late last week the White House released a blog (I assume in response to my blog post) addressing the many waivers it has issued in the few months since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was passed. In the blog post, the White House says…
    Nicole Fisher, May 23, 2011
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    BHA, Humbug

    Ten years after Mental Health Reform started, we know some things that work in local care managers (LMEs) and in state-run hospitals, but not enough. Legislators and regulators continue to experiment with how care is provided and paid for. The latest experiment is called a “behavioral health authority” (BHA) and…
    Nicole Fisher, May 18, 2011