Medical Debt: An Unequal Burden

Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), medical debt was a primary cause of bankruptcy. Debt resulting from medical expenses is a significant problem, as most people are ill-prepared for the financial shock resulting from a sudden illness. Payday loans are a source of fast cash for almost anyone in … Continue reading

Is There Benefit to HIE in the ED?

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there have been substantial investments in developing health information exchanges (HIEs) to electronically transfer medical records between health care providers. The goals of using exchanges are to minimize service duplication, length of stay, … Continue reading

Obamacare Saves One Life Every Day

Prior to 2010, individuals age 19 to 25 had one of the highest uninsured rates in the United States. Approximately 30% of those in this age group were uninsured, compared to 16% of all Americans, on average. The Dependent Care Coverage provision of the ACA allowed this group to be covered by their … Continue reading

A Policy Prescription for 2018

The controversy over health care reform often boils down to two issues: coverage and cost. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) made significant impact on the coverage issue, dropping the uninsured rate below 10% for the first time in the recorded history of the United States, covering 20+ million … Continue reading