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Striking a Balance Between Access and Cost

In the 1970s, the freestanding emergency department (FSED) emerged in rural areas to provide access to emergency care for residents living without a nearby acute care hospital. FSEDs offer emergency medical care at locations independent from [...]

July 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Global Budget Cuts Costs but Reduces Access

Efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act have increased pressure to contain Medicaid spending, which now accounts for the greatest share of national health expenditures. In 2012, Oregon reformed Medicaid by organizing care delivery into 16 [...]

June 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

“Everyone Else Ends up Paying the Price”

“When someone without health coverage gets urgent—often expensive—medical care but doesn’t pay the bill, everyone else ends up paying the price.” Source: http://401kcalculator.org (Flickr/CC) This quote reflects the idea that hospitals [...]

June 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

ACA Compliant Plans Not More Expensive

A recent study from the National Opinion Research Center examined premium costs of health plans that were non-compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under exemptions for small-group and individual-market plans. Amidst concerns prior to open [...]

May 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

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