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Primary Care 101: Supply and Demand

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped millions of Americans get insured. The hope is that if an individual is insured, he or she is more likely to gain access to primary care. More access to primary care means fewer expensive emergency room [...]

April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

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

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