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Coverage that Doesn’t Cover It

As a medical student living in Texas, two things are very familiar to me: having uninsured family members and being solicited by said family members for medical advice. Source: Kirt Edblom (Flickr/CC) A few weeks ago, a relative approached me at a [...]

February 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Medicaid crowd out: hype or reality?

With Medicaid expansion underway, questions about whether Medicaid coverage “crowds out” private coverage have reemerged. Critics of Medicaid expansion contend that public health insurance causes individuals to forego private coverage. A recent [...]

February 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

The cost-reductions built into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) are based upon the assumption that as the number of uninsured decreases, the need for federal subsidies to hospitals providing uncompensated care will also [...]

January 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Give the people what they want

Under the Affordable Care Act, eligibility for Medicaid benefits was expanded to include low-income childless adults. This provision has proven to be immensely controversial, however, and 23 states have refused to accept it*. A survey published in [...]

January 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Is non-expansion a death sentence?

The journey to health care reform has surely been a long one, but for all of the twists and turns, the road to the Affordable Care Act may culminate in an unanticipated dead-end. Now that we have established health insurance exchanges and expanded [...]

December 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

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