When it comes to the healthcare debate, Governor John Kitzhber of Oregon loves to tell a story about an air conditioner:
As it turns out, I have heard the air-conditioner story. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) loves to tell the air-conditioner story. He loves to tell it so much, in fact, that it has become . . . → Read More: The Oregon Health Experiment: Does It All Boil Down to An Air Conditioner?
There’s been a lot of talk about the so-called Oregon Experiment. Oregon conducts an annual lottery for a few precious spots in its state Medicaid program. Recently, a group of researchers looked into the program, as a look as to whether an expanded Medicaid makes any difference to people’s health.
Well, Kaiser Health News . . . → Read More: The Oregon Medicaid Lottery, a Winner’s Story
Something to chew on this weekend:
This week’s study of Oregon Medicaid recipients has quickly become a Rorschach test for how partisans and health policy wonks view the health care law.
To recap, that study compared the health care of the winners and losers of a lottery held by Oregon in 2008 to decide who . . . → Read More: The Oregon Experiment: Does Medicaid Make a Difference?
Is this what it’s coming to?
Two nights a year, Tennessee holds a health care lottery of sorts, giving the medically desperate a chance to get help.
State residents who have high medical bills but would not normally qualify for Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor, can call a state phone line . . . → Read More: Should We Decide Healthcare By Lottery? Tennessee Does…
If you only identify Arizona with Governor Jan Brewer wagging a finger in President Obama’s face or Sheriff Arpaio and his posses, you’re only getting half of the picture. We may be able to learn a valuable lesson from Arizona on healthcare:
In a low-slung building in the vast desert expanse east of Phoenix, a . . . → Read More: Can We Learn Something From Arizona’s Government-Run Healthcare?
Well, this is an interesting twist in the Obamacare rollout:
California officials face mounting criticism from union leaders over plans to let retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. enroll shoppers in President Obama’s healthcare expansion.
The state wants employees at Wal-Mart and other retailers to help consumers learn about their options and assist them in . . . → Read More: Is California Hypocritical For Partnering With Wal-Mart on Health Insurance?
That sound may be hell freezing over:
Saying his mother’s death last year provided “new perspective” on one of the biggest decisions he’s faced as Florida’s governor, Rick Scott announced Tuesday that he will urge the Legislature to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid.
“While the federal government is committed to pay 100 percent . . . → Read More: Florida Governor Rick Scott Will Support Medicaid Expansion
If, like most Americans, you have health insurance through your employer, you may not know how much you’re really paying for health insurance. David Goldhill breaks it down for a young employee who has just started at his company:
…the American health care system can be called successful mainly in its ability to hide its . . . → Read More: How Much Do You Think You’re Paying for Health Insurance?
President Obama spoke about the future of Medicare and Medicaid and the debt ceiling:
What do you think will happen to Medicare and Medicaid? Tell us about it in our Medicare discussion forum!
. . . → Read More: Will Medicare Figure Into the Debt Ceiling Talks?
Despite widespread GOP opposition, a second GOP state governor has agreed to move forward with the Obamacare Medicaid expansion:
A second Republican governor has agreed to carry out an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced her plans Tuesday.
Martinez and Nevada’s Gov. Brian . . . → Read More: New Mexico Will Move Forward With Medicaid Expansion