Health, Politics

Buckle Up, America: We’re Going to Feel the Effects of Healthcare Rule Changes and Mandate Repeal

By: Annaliese Johnson Back in July of 2018, the Trump Administration issued new rules that expanded short-term limited-duration insurance (STLDI) plans and association health plans (AHPs). Congress also reduced the tax penalty of the individual mandate to $0 starting in 2019, and a Federal judge found the individual mandate unconstitutional (though the Supreme Court may […]

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Health

Disability Insurance Skyrockets in the Last Two Decades

Political Pundits, public officials and the media often discuss the rising cost of entitlements and healthcare in the country. While Republicans and Democrats argue over how best to address these issues, few have acknowledged a key component to the rising cost of social security: an increase in individuals qualifying for disability insurance. The federal government […]

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Health

Can We Trust the Red Cross Anymore?

If you ask Americans to name an aid or relief organization, more likely than not, the first one that comes to mind will be the Red Cross. The name, organization and eponymous logo are ingrained in the history and culture of America. American Red Cross (ARC) has a long history of providing aid and comfort […]

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Child and Family Policy, Health, Social Policy

When Self-Regulation Is Not Enough: A Look at Food Marketing to Children

Childhood obesity is a problem that has received a growing amount of national attention, largely due to Michelle Obama’s health initiatives as First Lady. One area related to child well-being that has yet to see a lot of policy development is food marketing to children. Currently, food marketing is self-regulated by the advertising industry through programs […]

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Health, Politics

Why is the Budget Deal All Bad for Obamacare?

While the cable networks wrapped up their most recent Republican debate coverage, House Speaker Paul Ryan released the details on legislation that would keep the lights on in the federal government through 2016. The late-night release of what is supposed to be the first major legislative accomplishment under the newly minted speaker may have been […]

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Health, Politics

How Policy Will Trip Up Outsiders Like Carson and Trump

Policy wonks often grumble about the negligible role policy plays in the election process. Events like debates and speeches do little to encourage candidates to talk in detail about their policy proposals or give voters the tools to judge which proposals are most effective. The 2016 Republican primary may signify the low point of policy’s […]

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Health

End of Life Care in the US: Towards a Patient-Centered Approach

  Within the past few weeks, the Obama administration issued a final rule which allows Medicare to reimburse physicians for engaging in consultations with patients on end of life care. Receiving widespread support from both the American Hospital Association and American Medical Association, the final rule will be effective starting in January 2016, nearly six […]

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Health

The Rising Price of Generics

If you or someone you know takes prescription drugs regularly, you may have noticed some changes in the co-pay over the past few months. The story that Charles Ornstein references in his blog Upshot for the New York Times may be your story as well.  He received confusing answers from his insurance company as to why […]

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Health

Lessons from Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Expansion

The Obamacare Medicaid expansion became less of a political football last month as Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett struck a deal with the Obama administration to expand the state’s low income health care program.  Pennsylvania is the latest in a series of Republican-led states to accept one of the central aspects of Obamacare after negotiating […]

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