Putting “Affordable” Back in the Affordable Care Act

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In the last five years, much of the press coverage and analysis of healthcare has been dominated by politics, doctor-patient relationship disruption, sticker shock, and legalities swept in by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Those are important, but the efficacy and the cost of treatment are ultimately most important. The great majority of medical treatment […]

A Pass on Nutrition, an Incomplete on Safety

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Good nutrition and food safety are important to all consumers. While there is some improvement in the nutrition information made available to consumers and a huge leap in Food Stamps, attention to food safety is lagging. To address that shortfall, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed Congress in 2010, but none of the urgently […]

What Patients Deserve: ACI in Real Clear Policy

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If you were severely ill and needed to pick a physician, would you want one who has been certified as meeting all of the current training, educational and professional standards set by a board of physicians? For many patients, it is very important for them to know that they are dealing with top-notch doctors who […]

Prescription Drug Competition Means Savings

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REAL CLEAR POLICY: Competition for some of the priciest drugs may soon be coming to a pharmacy near you. The new development has to do with “biologics,” which are drugs produced in living systems such as plant and animal cells or microorganisms. To Continue Reading, visit Real Clear Policy

ACA Is a Crisis We Must not Waste

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Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), premium subsidies of health care insurance are available to low income and some moderate income families.  ACA’s plain wording says the subsidies are available to states that operate their own exchange.  ACA was intentionally structured in that way to induce states to operate a health insurance exchange. Subsidies are […]

Patients Role in $1 Trillion in Annual Costs

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A widely reported study of the Milliman Medical Index estimates that the typical family of four covered by employer-provided health insurance in a preferred provider organization (PPO) will spend almost $25,000 for health coverage and services in 2015.  That includes premiums paid by employer and employee, as well as all the out of pocket costs. […]

Savings from a Trillion in Health Costs

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Some of the government decisions that push Americans toward the brink of sanity are in healthcare policies that can and should be reversed.  With forethought and some political courage, better health policies can be adopted that allow consumers to make better arrangements and save substantially.  The following opportunities call for smarter government policies – they […]

ConsumerGram: Patient Benefits from Biosimilar Competition

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The recent approval of the first biosimilar drug by the FDA will mark the beginning of competition for a class of lifesaving medicines in the U.S., after nearly a decade of availability in Europe and elsewhere.  This ConsumerGram will explore how the pending introduction of competition for biologic drugs will lead to immense consumer benefits, both […]

Exploring Personal Injury Protection Reforms

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Before 1972, if you suffered bodily injury in a car crash, you might need to show that you could pay your medical costs before treatment was given.  You might hire an attorney to sue the culprit for damages and after your eventual victory; you would split the damages award one-third to the attorney and two-thirds […]

Health Care Cost Increases – The Question is How Fast?

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Rapid advances in health care treatments may help us live longer and healthier lives. For that to come true, we will have to afford the treatments. Today that is a stretch and affordability may diminish as time passes. The cost burden for health care is already astronomical and there are few promising strategies for cost […]