In the weeks since the November election, three anti-“Obamacare” Republican governors are attempting to parlay Medicaid-expansion dollars into insurance access for their low-income constituents. Will Gov.-elect Greg Abbott do the same in the Lone Star State? Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee last month said the Obama administration verbally has approved a plan that offers vouchers … Continue reading Will Gov.-elect Abbott eye Medicaid expansion dollars?
More than four in 10 uninsured people don’t understand basic health insurance terms, according to a newly released Kaiser Family Foundation survey. In the survey of 1,292 U.S. adults, more than 40 percent of uninsured people could not correctly define such terms as “premium,” “deductible” and “provider network.” When given a plan’s cost-sharing requirements, 61 percent of uninsured people … Continue reading Health insurance confusing you? Watch this cartoon video
Last week, I attended the inaugural Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Summit in Austin, Texas. This exciting event brought together health care leaders, innovators and government officials from around the great state of Texas to discuss some of the tough issues we’re facing in the industry today. I was honored to be asked to serve as the keynote … Continue reading What is the Future of Health Care?
This blog post is the sixth in the Supply, Demand and Medicine series on health care reform. Over the past 75 years, few other industries or fields have advanced further faster than health care. Vaccines have been developed. Cures for diseases have been discovered. Life expectancy has risen by many years. It’s been like going from a covered … Continue reading Health Care Goes Digital (Finally!)
This blog post is the fifth in the Supply, Demand and Medicine series on health care reform. What patients want most out of any health care experience is a good outcome at a reasonable cost. That’s also what your health care provider wants out of each and every patient encounter. But transforming the way health care is delivered in … Continue reading Aiming High: 3 Big Goals for Better Health Care
During World War II, federally imposed controls prohibited employers from raising wages to attract workers, but the War Labor Board at that time decided that “fringe” benefits, such as health insurance, didn’t count as wages. And that was the rise of employer-sponsored health insurance as we know it today—a way for companies to differentiate themselves … Continue reading Businesses, Not the Government, Still Steer Health Care Innovation
This blog post is the fourth in the Supply, Demand and Medicine series on health care reform. If you received your childhood education in America, chances are you spent much of your youth under the watchful eye of a homeroom teacher. You may have passed through many other classrooms with many other teachers, but your homeroom teacher was … Continue reading Doesn’t Your Health Deserve a Home?
If you’ve been casually following the roll out of health care reform over the past few years, you are probably already familiar with the acronym ACA, or Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). Continue reading High Quality Health Care at the Lowest Possible Cost – Can It Really Happen?
This blog post is the third in the Supply, Demand and Medicine series on health care reform. That question (or some variation of it) is something that my colleagues and I across the healthcare industry are asked all the time. It’s also something that we spend a lot of time studying. I wish the answer simply was … Continue reading Why Does the U.S. Spend More On Healthcare Than Other Countries?
When 50-year-old Michael Kelly recently ended up in a Dallas emergency room, he was told his diabetes was out of control and was now threatening his life. He already knew he was diabetic—he was actually diagnosed 10 years earlier, but he says he simply wasn’t eating right or taking care of himself and didn’t realize … Continue reading What’s the Cost of Not Incentivizing Preventative Care?