Do doctor shortages affect a state’s decision to opt out of Obamacare?

By Cate Long
November 20, 2012

The media have focused on the recent Affordable Care Act (ACA) deadline for states to decide whether they will create health insurance exchanges. It’s an important issue, but if a state does not agree to build an exchange, the federal government will step in and create one. So either way, all 50 states will end up having health insurance exchanges.

A new model for end of life care

By Cate Long
September 1, 2012

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has published the results of a study that showed a new program for children resulted in fewer days spent in the hospital, lower medical costs and a higher satisfaction rate by families and care coordinators. The tiny “Partners for Children” California public health program increased home and community-based care for terminally ill children on Medicaid – largely by removing a six-month time limit for how early children with terminal conditions can enter hospice care – and it has shown very promising results. If the program results can be replicated on a larger scale, the program might make an important contribution to lowering health costs and helping terminally ill patients spend more of their time at home. (here)

Will the Affordable Care Act be starved for funds?

By Cate Long
July 2, 2012

Millions of uninsured Americans will now have access to healthcare as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision last Thursday to uphold the Affordable Care Act. This is a big step forward for the nation, but it raises questions about funding. The nation is already starved for revenue and is supposed to cut $1.2 trillion from the federal budget over the next eight years through the sequestration process.

Will governors support the healthcare expansion?

By Cate Long
June 29, 2012

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act just created an unenviable task for governors across the country.

Can Medicare be fixed?

By Cate Long
February 9, 2012

The cost of providing health insurance to 47 million elderly and disabled Americans through the Medicare program has been taking up a growing portion of the national budget.

JumboAmerica

By Cate Long
July 8, 2011

Are we JumboAmerica?  That is to say, has America succumbed to gluttony and sloth?

Solve the real problems

By Cate Long
May 19, 2011

Unfunded municipal pension liabilities are getting all the attention now, but it’s the burden of Medicaid and health-care expenses that are really crushing state and county budgets. In California, for example, the state will make a $2.4 billion pension contribution to Calpers and spend approximately $16 billion on Medicaid. The federal government kicks in an additional $25 billion.