Health Care

Voices from Ohio on Medicaid expansion

Voices from Ohio on Medicaid expansion

Experience mirrors that of all states that expanded coverage under ACA

OHIO IS ONE of 31 states that expanded Medicaid as permitted by the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare for nearly all low-income citizens. The state’s Republican governor, former presidential candidate John Kasich, has been among the most vocal proponents of the expansion on the Republican side and has taken a lot of grief for it from ACA(...)

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Panel considers hospital price floor

Panel considers hospital price floor

May also let state disallow contracts between insurers, health providers

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE OFFICIALS EXAMINING VARIATIONS in prices charged by medical providers on Tuesday floated the idea of setting a minimum rate for hospitals at the bottom end of the price spectrum. The potential policy fix surfaced at a meeting of a 23-member commission that has until March 15 to release its report and(...)

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Baker’s health care tax is bad policy

Baker’s health care tax is bad policy

It’s also not fair and a misreading of history

IN AN ERA OF ALTERNATIVE FACTS, a bit of revisionist history may seem like a small sin. But in the case of Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed tax on employers who don’t offer a high level of health insurance, a misreading of history can have serious consequences. The governor claims that the “assessment” represents a revival(...)

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Lahey + Beth Israel: Is bigger better?

  Even with all the uncertainty surrounding health care and the Affordable Care Act, Lahey Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are convinced bigger is better. The two hospital systems, who have flirted several times in the past, announced on Monday that they intend to fully integrate their operations. Many details remain to be(...)

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Making addiction treatment work for inmates

Making addiction treatment work for inmates

Comprehensive approach needed for those in criminal justice system

AS A PHYSICIAN, who treats and supports individuals battling substance abuse, I try to be available when the call for help comes, especially from those involved with the criminal justice system. The call for help from John, a former inmate who has struggled with addiction and cycled in and out of prison, arrived via text from an unrecognized number. He(...)

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Baker pushes health cost controls

Baker pushes health cost controls

Plan includes employer assessments, rate caps

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE COMPANIES THAT DO NOT OFFER their employees health insurance would pay a $2,000 annual assessment per full-time worker to the state under a plan Gov. Charlie Baker plans to offer later this month to blunt the impact of escalating, enrollment-driven costs in the state’s Medicaid program. The proposal – the bulk(...)

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Baker letter to House on ACA

Baker letter to House on ACA

Cites shift from private to public insurance coverage

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Majority Leader United States House of Representatives H-107, U.S. Capitol Building Washington D.C., 20515   Leader McCarthy, Thank you for the opportunity to provide initial input on how to improve upon the goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act). For more than ten years,(...)

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Mass. health care costs moderating

Mass. health care costs moderating

But commission says not everyone benefits equally

THE MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION reported on Wednesday that health care is becoming more affordable, but not for everyone. As recently as 2009, Massachusetts spent more per person on health care than any other state in the nation. But in recent years the growth in health care spending has moderated, rising 2.4 percent in 2013,(...)

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Steward’s asset-light philosophy

Steward’s asset-light philosophy

State's 5th-largest employer takes unusual step of selling off hospital facilities

NO ONE IS QUITE SURE what to make of Steward Health Care’s latest move.  A for-profit health care company operating in a sea of nonprofits, Steward has always been something of an aberration in Massachusetts. But now the state’s fifth-largest employer is moving far outside the mainstream. After six years trying to turn around a(...)

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