2018 goal—fix health care

So that might not happen, but at the very least a continuing resolution for CHIP, children’s health insurance that covers nearly 9 million kids, is achievable. As for the rest; it is important to have goals. I’ve got faith.

Friendly neighborhood sick person weighs in on health care debate.

When I used to freak out about losing my health insurance/access to care, not being able to afford medicine, I always pictured my parents losing their house to pay my medical bills. It was the greatest loss imaginable. In the past months my catastrophizing has changed. Now, my mother won’t sell her home, cash out […]

Must Watch: Xeni Jardin and having cancer before the ACA

Health care is life. Losing your insurance because you need care is punishment for getting sick. What would repealing the Affordable Care Act mean for those fighting cancer? — AJ+ (@ajplus) February 8, 2017 I know my fellow old timers in the health care business can remember a time when patients would ask, beg, […]

I got Obamacare 

No big story here. I got myself some Obamacare. Except this is a life changing event for little-old lupus having me who in my early 20s could not imagine a day when I was not somebody’s full time employee and/or spouse. I feel like some dependent wife in the fifties who needed her husband’s signature […]

Insurers Can Reduce Drug Prices, If Policymakers Let Them…

‘ Source: Insurers Can Reduce Drug Prices, If Policymakers Let Them Wading into the waters of prescription drug pricing. Interesting article, but I’ve got some counterpoints. Health consumers are not the same as, say, durable goods consumers. You want a kitchen remodel, but you won’t unexpectedly wake up in a home store having purchased a Viking […]

Finding primary care.

New insurance makes finding a doc a challenge. Old provider makes transfer of medical record impossible.

Can you pay my bills, can you pay my medical bills.

image I have enough of these to wallpaper a plane hangar. Here is a basic one: EXPLANATION OF BENEFITS, aka the fine print. (Click on it to enlarge). They are as predictable as the weather and if you get into the details you can see the retail price (for the uninsured) and the wholesale price […]

From the E.R. to the Courtroom: How Nonprofit Hospitals Are Seizing Patients’ Wages – ProPublica

Under federal law, nonprofit hospitals must offer care at a reduced cost to lower income patients, a service often called charity care. But crucial details—how poor patients need to be, how much bills are reduced, and how policies are publicized—are left to the hospital. The Affordable Care Act empowered the IRS to set new requirements […]

How Obamacare Lowers Your Property Taxes – Forbes

How Obamacare Lowers Your Property Taxes – Forbes. Key point: A snapshot of this trend can be seen in Cook County, Illinois, where the public hospital system has seen a decrease in patients who cannot pay their bills thanks to the law’s expanded Medicaid health insurance for poor Americans. Long and short–Medicaid expansion offers insurance to […]

Price Tags On Health Care? Only In Massachusetts | Kaiser Health News

image Let us be doubly thankful to Massachusetts. Anyone with private health insurance in the state can now go to his or her health insurer’s website and find the price of everything from an office visit to an MRI to a Cesarean section. For the first time, health care prices are public. via Price Tags On Health […]

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