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Checking Up On Health

Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled By Benita M. Dodd ObamaCare burden: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has cost states and private companies $27.6 billion to date in new regulations, according to an analysis by the American Action Forum. The AAF stresses that this is the cost FLOOR, not the cost CEILING!  At least $20.4 billion is in lifetime costs on private entities and $7.2 billion in increased burdens on state budgets. AAF said its analysis only considered the published regulatory costs, not any fiscal impacts of the law or any of the ACA’s tax provisions.  Five states will endure at least $1 billion in ACA regulatory costs, according to the analysis View Article

Checking Up On Health

  Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Bed tax,’ again: Andy Miller of Georgia Health News offers a preview of the battle that the Georgia Legislature can expect during discussion of the hospital tax, which goes toward funding the Medicaid entitlement program in the state. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Grady Health System in Atlanta, Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and HomeTown Health, an association of rural hospitals, already have delivered a letter to leading Georgia officials saying that not renewing the tax, which expires in July 2013, could double Medicaid’s already sizable financial shortfall (at $700 million for 2013-2014). And Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax reform declared,… View Article

Washington is Gambling With Our Money. And Losing.

By Andy Frankenberger I know something about taking risks. Calculated risks. In 2009, I followed my heart and quit a lucrative job that I loved and held for 14 years—trading equity derivatives. I longed for a change, and, unsure what that change would be, it wasn’t until a year later that I found my new calling: poker. Neither my decision to leave Wall Street nor my decision to play poker professionally was made without great deliberation. I made the move only after I had become financially secure and proven to myself that I could compete at the highest level. Last year, I was fortunate enough to be named the World Poker Tour Season IX Player of the Year, and as… View Article

Checking Up On Health

  Benita M. DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs: September 25, 2012 Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Season opens for health plans: It’s the fall health insurance open enrollment season, and among the things you can expect to see are that premiums will rise 5.3 percent in 2013, a slightly smaller increase than 2012. Also costing more will be dependent coverage. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare, allows adult children to stay on their parents’ plans until they reach age 26. Tracy Watts of human resources consultant Mercer told Kaiser Health News, “Companies are not really wanting to be a dependent magnet. They want to be competitive, but not so generous that everybody comes… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd One of the major missions in establishing the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in 1991 was to provide a “resource bank” for elected officials, policy-makers and citizens interested in implementing commonsense policy in a limited-government environment to facilitate a thriving state economy. Understanding the limited research staff that lawmakers can access regarding Georgia-focused issues, the third annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Friday, September 21, brings experts and analysts from across the nation to Atlanta.  At this nonpartisan event, co-sponsored by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute, attendees will hear views on moving the state past “the recent unpleasantness” that has roiled the economy. This year, as in the past two years,… View Article

Checking Up On Health

Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Benita M. DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation “Can markets work in health care?” is the headline of a Forbes magazine article reminding us of a 1974 study that demonstrated how ownership promotes accountability and personal responsibility. RAND researchers randomly assigned more than 7,000 individuals into various types of health insurance policies: ones with completely free care (no cost sharing), ones with a modest deductible (e.g., $200) and 25 percent cost-sharing, and ones with the equivalent of high-deductible policies. All the cost-sharing policies had a maximum upper limit on out-of-pocket spending, meaning once a family spent 10 percent of income on health care, the policy paid 100 percent of the year’s remaining… View Article

Checking Up On Health

Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Benita M. Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation 3D printing to build body parts:  Science fiction becomes reality at the Wake Forest Institute for regenerative medicine. Its lab has created the world’s first engineered urethra. First, researchers take a very small piece of tissue from a patient’s bladder. Then, they grow the cells outside the body and put the tailor-made urethra right back in the patient. Doctors were able to give five boys in Mexico who suffered pelvic injuries new urethras.  Researchers also are using a printer to create lab-grown ears. So far, it’s worked in animals. A CT scan of the existing ear generates a pattern that scientists… View Article

Checking Up On Health Care

Benita M. DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs July 31, 2012 Compiled by Benita M. DoddWhere have all the doctors gone? What if you added to the ranks of insured individuals but didn’t have the medical staff to care for them? Americans may be about to find out. Roughly one-third of the country’s physician workforce plans to retire or leave their practice in the next 10 years, according to Georgia-based Jackson Healthcare’s Physician Practice Trends Survey 2012. The top two factors for leaving were economic factors and federal health care reform. The general physicians most likely to leave medicine within 10 years include general surgeons, family practitioners, emergency medicine physicians and obstetricians/gynecologists. Specialists most… View Article
By Mike Klein Mike Klein, Editor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health care policy is a complex beast with seemingly intractable political positions, lots of data to support or refute almost anyone’s perspective, tons of financial impact analysis – just last week the Congressional Budget Office released yet another health reform cost impact study — and at the end of the day, lots of ragged emotions that cloud and obscure the conversation. Here is an idea that should not be overlooked: People will get sick and have accidents regardless of who is making policy and whatever that policy-of-the-moment happens to include or exclude.  And when that happens, they need someone nearby who is able to help them. In Georgia, we need… View Article
By Mike Klein Mike Klein, Editor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Georgia will delay payment until next month on some $90 million in already incurred Medicaid expenses because it has run out of state funds to pay the bills.  That will change when the new fiscal year starts in July.  State health officials also predict a $308 million or larger shortfall in next year’s Medicaid budgets and they will ask the Legislature for more money in January. “Certainly the budget numbers we have are pretty daunting,” Department of Community Health commissioner David Cook said at Thursday morning’s board meeting.  Every Medicaid expense category increased this year compared to last year, and some increased more than expected. This was almost certainly the… View Article

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