Tag: Federal Health Care Reform

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT INVITATION March 19, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Registration Open for, ‘Telehealth: Taking Health Care to the Next Level,’ A Georgia Public Policy Foundation Leadership Breakfast on April 23 Atlanta — The health care industry has embraced opportunities provided by information technology in numerous ways. But policy and politics still handicap the medical community when it comes to fully incorporating telemedicine and, more broadly, telehealth.  Find out what’s happening around the nation and in Georgia – and what needs to happen – when it comes to innovative implementation of telehealth for greater efficiency, greater cost-effectiveness, better quality, better access and a better patient experience. Register NOW for, “Telehealth: Taking Health Care View Article
  By Albert Woodard The campaign in Georgia and in many states for adult and juvenile criminal justice reform has highlighted an alarming trend: Women represent a small portion of the prison population but their numbers are rising rapidly, with serious consequences for the children and communities they leave behind. The number of women incarcerated in the United States since 1990 has jumped an astounding 92 percent and shows no sign of receding. In fact, according to a recent study at the Northeastern College of Criminal Justice, prison rates for women are increasing faster than for men. The reasons for this increase are numerous, ranging from their historical offenses of larceny, forgery, embezzlement and prostitution, as well as crimes involving… View Article

Checking Up On Health: March 12, 2013

  Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd As if you’re not sick about unemployment already: Federal authorities and industry experts say the link between the federal Affordable Care Act and layoffs is becoming more pronounced, according to a report in Becker’s Hospital Review. The Federal Reserve’s “beige book,” which analyzes the economic conditions across various Fed districts throughout the country, notes, “Employers in several districts cited the unknown effects of the Affordable Care Act as reasons for planned layoffs and reluctance to hire more staff.” Aside from hiring changes, some districts, including Atlanta, are experiencing shortages in compliance experts due to the law’s regulatory complexity. Atlanta also reported that higher health care costs have “contributed to a modest… View Article

Checking Up On Health: March 5, 2013

  Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Update on ObamaCare: Florida’s Legislature, not Gov. Rick Scott, will have the final word on whether the state expands Medicaid. And every indication shows that key legislative leaders understand the dangers ahead, according to Grace-Marie Turner and Roy Avrik of the Galen Institute. The two released a paper this month giving reasons that Florida should not expand Medicaid rolls, including that expansion will worsen the cycle of dependency. Under ObamaCare, the federal government is supposed to pay 100 percent of the cost of a targeted expansion of Medicaid for two years, dropping to 90 percent by 2020. The authors note that according to The Heritage Foundation, Medicaid spending will increase dramatically… View Article

A New Approach to Medical Malpractice Reform

By Kelly McCutchen Preventable medical errors kill more people in the United States each year than automobile accidents or guns. Billions of dollars are wasted each year on “defensive” medicine – unnecessary procedures and tests ordered to protect health care providers in case of a lawsuit. Instead of focusing on reducing medical errors, however, Americans are trapped in a system based on a false sense of access to justice that thwarts efforts to improve patient safety. As one paper put it, “The current tort system does not promote open communication to improve patient safety. On the contrary, it jeopardizes patient safety by creating an intimidating liability environment.” This quote is not from a conservative think tank, but from a paper… View Article

Checking Up On Health: February 26, 2013

  Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd ObamaCare sticker shock: Atlanta insurers were included in a six-market survey released this month on how much the multiple mandates in the federal health law will cost ordinary Americans. “The findings highlight the sticker shock in health care premiums that awaits the relatively young and healthy in both the small group and individual markets as the [Affordable Care Act] is fully implemented. The survey finds the cost of premiums for this group will increase by an average of 169 percent,” the report said. The other insurers were in Chicago, Phoenix, Milwaukee, Austin, Texas, and Albany, N.Y. For younger and healthier individuals and small businesses, Atlanta predictions are for a 167… View Article
This week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, quoted Kelly McCutchen’s response to a study that reported that expanding Medicaid would benefit Georgia’s economy: “McCutchen said low-income Georgians need access to health care, but he pointed out that the state can’t afford its current Medicaid program. ‘You would have a large economic impact if you drop $4 billion out of a helicopter, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do,’ McCutchen said. ‘The issue is what is the best way to address the uninsured in Georgia, and is it sustainable?’”  … View Article

Friday Facts: February 15, 2013

It’s Friday! Today is the deadline to register for the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at Cobb County’s Georgian Club, 8 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19. Keynoted by the Cato Institute’s Randal O’Toole, “American Dream, American Nightmare,” is an explanation of the forces at play in the housing market in Georgia and in the nation, and how to rebuild the American Dream of homeownership. This event is open to the public and will cost $25 to attend. Find out more at http://tinyurl.com/avnapnh. Register here: http://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk. A limited number of O’Toole’s book, “American Nightmare,” will be available for purchase at $20 each. Quotes of Note “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge… View Article

Checking Up On Health: February 12

  Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd  N.C. says no to Medicaid expansion: North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is backing a move by the Legislature to block the state from expanding its Medicaid program or participating in the state health insurance exchanges created by the Federal Affordable Care Act. In a news release today, McCrory made the point, “In light of recent Medicaid audits, the current system in North Carolina is broken and not ready to expand without great risk to the taxpayers and to the delivery of existing services to those in need. We must first fix and reform the current system.” The state will also not create an exchange, but will leave it to… View Article

Checking Up On Health: February 5, 2013

  Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Individual mandate update: Under proposed rules for the individual mandate under the federal health law, individuals who have to pay more than 9.5 percent of their income for their employer-sponsored health plan are eligible for subsidies through the online health insurance exchanges, but the subsidies would not apply to family plans, which are likely to cost more. Also, according to the rules proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service, Americans whose incomes fall below 133 percent of the federal poverty line — and who live in a state that will not expand Medicaid — are also exempt from the individual mandate’s penalty. Your deadlines, View Article

As an employer, and a parent and a graduate of Georgia public schools, I am pleased that the Foundation has undertaken this project. (The report card) provides an excellent tool for parents and educators to objectively evaluate our public high schools. It will further serve a useful purpose as a benchmark for the future to measure our schools’ progress.

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