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Many opt for high-deductible health plans despite risks
Plans offering low monthly premiums but requiring high upfront payments when care is needed can be a poor choice for those without a lot of cash on hand.
By Lisa Zamosky, The Los Angeles Times
May 7, 2013
Closing the “Walmart Loophole”
For years, we’ve known big companies like Walmart have been shifting their health care costs onto taxpayers. Now a new report from the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research shows just how widespread the problem is, projecting that as many as 380,000 workers for big companies will end up on the state’s Medi-Cal program by 2019.
By Steve Smith, LA Progressive
May 6, 2013
Republican Doctor Advocates Single Payer Health System
I am a Republican. For those who know me that is not a surprise. I live in a red state. I have never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate. I can field strip, clean and reassemble a Remington 12-gauge pump blindfolded. And on top of it, I think we should talk about having a single payer national health care plan.
May 3, 2013
Op-Ed: “Health Chaos Ahead”
It was always going to be difficult to implement Obamacare, but even fervent supporters of the law admit that things are going worse than expected.
By David Brooks, The New York Times
April 25, 2013
Less California employers offer health insurance to workers
From 2002 to 2012, the proportion of employers offering such coverage declined from 71 percent to 60 percent. Meanwhile, the costs of health care insurance have risen by just under 170 percent since 2002, more than five times the overall inflation rate.
Capitol Alert, The Sacramento Bee
April 23, 2013
California Lawmakers Propose Basic Health Coverage For Immigrants
Some lawmakers in California want to use savings from the coming Medicaid expansion to fund health insurance for those who don’t already qualify, including undocumented immigrants.
By Matthew Mientka, Medical Daily
April 21, 2013
Study: In Massachusetts, Some Low-Income Families Reported A Financial Burden in Paying for Health Insurance
A new study surveyed 393 families in unsubsidized Connector plans. It found that 38 percent of surveyed families reported financial burden associated with their health care and 45 percent reported higher-than-expected out-of-pocket costs. This study is one of the first to evaluate the prevalence of and risk factors for financial burden and unexpected costs among families in unsubsidized health insurance exchange plans.
By Galbraith et al., Health Affairs
April 18, 2013
Now Hiring: 2013-2014 Shearer Student Fellow!
Do you know of a passionate and qualified student candidate to be the next Shearer Student Fellow? Encourage them to apply! Deadline: May 10, 2013
April 12, 2013
Study: Health Care Costs Higher for Newly Covered Young Adults under ACA
Young adults who enrolled in a parent’s employer-sponsored health plan after an Affordable Care Act provision took effect incurred about 15% more in health care costs than those who already were covered under their parents’ plans, according to a study by the Employee Benefits Research Institute, The Hill’s “Healthwatch” reports.
By California Healthcare Foundation, California Healthline
April 11, 2013
Anthem Blue Cross faces $3.8M hit for barring physician from its network
On Monday, a Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million in compensatory damages to physician who alleged that Anthem Blue Cross barred him from its network in 2010 because he challenged the denial of hundreds of patient claims.
By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
April 10, 2013
Single payer in Pennsylvania: “A step closer to Affordable Health Care”
Pennsylvania is a giant step closer to providing its citizens with truly affordable health care with the introduction of the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan (PHCP), SB 400, introduced by Senator Jim Ferlo (D – Pittsburgh).
By Karen Feridun, The Kutztown Area Patriot
April 8, 2013
PNHP Articles of Interest
- Proposed "Medicare Essential" Plan Estimated to Save $180 Billion Over 10 Years While Simplifying Benefits and Lowering Premiums and Out-of-Pocket Costs 17% to 40%
New York Times Prescriptions Blog
- Implementing Health Reform: Preexisting Condition Insurance Plan & Medicaid/CHIP Renewal
- Narrative Matters: Navigating The Coverage Maze In Pennsylvania
Kaiser Health News
- Marketing New Health Insurance Options Poses Challenges
- Implementation Issues: Coverage 'Ping Pong' Among Emerging Concerns