An Ounce of Prevention

The projected benefits of the (ACA) are based on several central tenants inherent to the law, such as the expected improvement in utilization of cost-saving preventative medicine when access to insurance is increased and cost to patients is decreased. The effectiveness of the ACA will be an … Continue reading

Should We Subsidize the Sick?

The projected savings from the are not solely from the health care exchanges: a large portion of savings stem from re-allocating medical resources towards the sickest patient populations. By improving the health of the sickest patients with high levels of health care utilization, the ACA directs … Continue reading

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

The cost-reductions built into the are based upon the assumption that as the number of uninsured decreases, the need for federal subsidies to hospitals providing uncompensated care will also decrease.  However, 25 states have declined Medicaid expansions, and in total the ACA will cover only … Continue reading

The welcome mat effect

Immigration status and insurance status: Two social factors that we know determine an individual’s ability to access health care. Yet the question remains, how do these two factors interact? Furthermore, how do these factors affect children in immigrant families? In 2000, 36% of … Continue reading