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A few quick thoughts on health reform and the election — we’ll be coming back to this, of course, as we learn more (and get more sleep!)
Republicans can’t just repeal the entire Affordable Care Act. Democrats will still have enough votes to filibuster – and they will.
That doesn’t mean President-elect Trump and the GOP majority can’t unravel a great deal of the law. They can – and that’s one reason Families USA and other advocacy groups went into emergency mode to figure out how to defend it. Continue reading
Covering Health will have more about the election of Donald J. Trump as U.S. president but we start with some links about Trump and his positions on health care, especially the Affordable Care Act, which he says he will repeal. Continue reading
Buying health insurance – or understanding what our plans cover and how much we have to pay – isn’t easy. Moreover, the people we interview about their health plans and ACA shopping experiences can be just as confused as everyone else. Headlines about the health law and affordability and limited choices can confuse people, or make them assume their own costs are going up – which may not be true. Several million people who are eligible for ACA subsidies still aren’t getting them – and many don’t realize they may be eligible for financial assistance. Continue reading
At least 838 accountable care organizations (ACOs) are now operating nationwide in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. An estimated 28.3 million people are receiving care through an ACO arrangement, according to recent figures, and that number is expected to rise. Continue reading
Since 2012, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has had a logical approach to getting hospitals to decrease high readmission rates within 30 days of discharge: It penalizes hospitals whose rates for patients with six specific conditions are higher than expected. Those conditions are chronic lung disease, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, heart attacks, heart failure, hip and knee replacements and pneumonia. Continue reading