Healthcare

The Obstacles in the Way of Biden’s Health Care Plan

by Emily Hoofnagle It has been over ten years since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted. In the time that has elapsed a few of the law’s goals have been at least partially realized. The ACA’s paramount objective, to insure more Americans, was successful. In 2010, 18.3% of Americans under the […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic, Health, Healthcare, Race & Ethnicity, Social Justice

Primed for Disaster: How Racial Disparities are Impacting Nursing Home Residents During COVID-19

by Mary Gens, resident editor To date, over 200,000 Americans have died from the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 40% of these deaths have occurred among residents of nursing homes, though this group makes up less than 1% of the U.S. population. This reality makes it critical that policymakers do better to address the needs of this population, […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic, Health, Healthcare, Race & Ethnicity, Social Justice

Empowering Minority Serving Institutions to Increase Diversity in the Medical Community

by Arsene Frederic, Jr., editor in chief Grappling with the COVID-19 crisis and response has pivoted attention to another key area of concern facing the scientific community: the lack of diversity in the medical community. Diversity in the medical community is critical for ensuring that treatments and medical practices continue to serve the changing demographics […]

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Healthcare, 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, Healthcare

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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Healthcare, 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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Healthcare, 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, Healthcare

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, Healthcare

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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