Tag: Federal Health Care Reform

Checking Up On Health: April 28, 2015

  Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD May is Asthma Awareness Month. That means the ozone non-attainment areas will be subjected once to color-coded days warning you of the danger of pollution. The non-profit organizations will start issuing air-quality rankings around the nation. The warnings about outdoor air quality will include encouragement to stay inside. But you might want to consider the unhealthy policy decisions. First, indoor air quality, with pet dander, buildings shut tight for temperature control, and dust piling into carpets and upholstery, can be much worse than what’s outside.  Further, a new study authored by a research team led by Dr. Corrine Keet of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center has found… View Article

Checking Up On Health: April 14, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD It’s not just the Internal Revenue Service’s extension of subsidies to enrollees of federal exchanges that go against the language in the Affordable Care Act. While that is awaiting a Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell, according to Jonathan Adler, the Tax man’s poetic license with tax credit eligibility appears to be the rule rather than the exception. Writing in the Volokh Conspiracy in the Washington Post, Adler cites research out of Yale that found, “Combined with other instances of the IRS and HHS disregarding the PPACA’s plain text, it appears the federal government has little regard for what the PPACA actually says.” Specifically, “IRS regulations… View Article

Checking Up On Health: March 31, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Buyer beware: A news article came across my desk this week alerting readers to a change by the nation’s largest health insurance company, Minnesota-based UnitedHealthcare. In what could become expensive for patients, the insurer is changing the way it handles balance billing, which is the difference between the provider’s charge and what the insurer allows. The cost-cutting measure means UnitedHealthcare will not pay the bills of some emergency room physicians and other specialists, even though they work for hospitals in the UnitedHealthcare network. I learned the importance of checking the network status of all physicians involved a couple of years ago when I underwent a routine, scheduled… View Article

Friday Facts: March 27, 2015

It’s Friday! Please note: FRIDAY FACTS is made possible by the generosity of our donors. If you enjoy the FRIDAY FACTS, you can help with a tax-deductible contribution that advances our important mission. Click here. Quotes of Note “Not enough citizens are schooled well on the Constitution. Many can recite the Declaration of Independence, who signed, and list the Articles and Amendments, but lack a deep understanding of how these directly affect and protect the quality of our lives.” – Sue Horn Chappell (publisher/editor, StarNews of Caroll County) “[T]he not-so-hidden secret about occupational licensure laws is that they enable incumbent providers to protect their own incomes by locking newcomers and competitors out of markets by artificial government force.” – Walter View Article

Checking Up On Health: March 17, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD I made the dreaded annual appointment with the dentist yesterday, and the scheduler asked me if I had a preference for a particular hygienist. “I can’t remember the name of the lady who did it last. Could you check for me?” “Please hold while I check. … It was ‘Suzie.'” “Thank you for checking. Anybody but her.” ObamaCare Confused? Make it work for you! Just in case you thought deadlines and suggested guidelines are, you know, different, you get a do-over! A special enrollment period for coverage under the Affordable Care Act will take place from March 15 to  April 30 for people who owe the ObamaCare tax/fee/penalty… View Article

Friday Facts: March 6, 2015

It’s Friday! Events March 18: “Federalism, The Rule of Law and Regulatory Excess,” is the topic of the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast with Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. $30. Find out more here. Register online by Monday, March 16, here. Quotes of Note “Answer me in principle. I mean, is it not the case that if the only reasonable interpretation of a particular provision produces disastrous consequences in the rest of the statute, it nonetheless means what it says. Is that true or not?” – Justice Antonin Scalia, King v. Burwell “Unlike government bureaucracies, private firms in a competitive environment are eager to maximize the net returns of projects, so they find new ways View Article
By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Not many Americans are aware that March 4 heralds a turning point in the Affordable Care Act. It’s when the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments over whether ObamaCare goes forward under the rule of law or under arbitrary interpretation by overreaching politicians and bureaucrats. King v. Burwell is one of four lawsuits, along with Halbig v. Burwell, Pruitt v. Burwell and Indiana v. IRS, to argue that the law specifies subsidies (tax credits) only for enrollees of state-run exchanges. And if that is the case, then extending subsidies through federal exchanges is illegal because it exceeds the authority that Congress gave the Internal Revenue Service. It’s important to note that the parties that… View Article

Checking Up On Health: February 24, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Dealing with insurance companies in the ObamaCare era has become convoluted and messy, as many have discovered. Time was the physician’s was the last word. No longer, I’ve discovered. After a year of a painful shoulder and elbow, I finally bit the bullet last week and decided I needed to graduate from Aleve to some orthopedic help. The orthopedist diagnosed tennis elbow and bursitis, recommended some exercises and prescribed a topical NSAID for the elbow problem. Imagine my surprise when I picked up the medication at Costco and was informed the insurance company was refusing to pay for it. When I called, I was told the claim was… View Article

Friday Facts: February 20, 2015

It’s Friday! Events March 18: “Federalism, The Rule of Law and Regulatory Excess,” is the topic of the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast with Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. $30. Find out more here. Register online by Monday, March 16, here. Quotes of Note “[I]t is of the greatest consequence that the debt should . . . be remoulded into such a shape as will bring the expenditure of the nation to a level with its income. Till this shall be accomplished, the finances of the United States will never wear proper countenance. Arrears of interest, continually accruing, will be as continual a monument, either of inability, or of ill faith and will not cease to have… View Article

Checking Up On Health: February 10, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Georgians learned this week that the state has its first confirmed case of measles since 2012. An infected infant who arrived in Atlanta from outside the United States is being treated at Egleston at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Public Health said Monday. That brings to 17 the number of states reporting cases this year– after the disease had all but been eradicated in the United States. In fact, this is just the sixth case in 10 years in Georgia Measles can be especially dangerous to children under age 5. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is highly contagious. It’s primarily… View Article

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