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Checking Up On Health: January 21, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd This week, “Checking Up On Health” focuses on the alternatives. What if you want to opt out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act coverage mandate? There are ways, and unlike the morbid saying, they are indeed “better than the alternative:” You don’t have to “check” out to “opt out” of ObamaCare. Health care on your terms: Wondering if that’s a flu, cold, bronchitis or pneumonia? What if, even if you’re feeling miserable, you could consult your doctor without leaving home? Teladoc, operating since 2002, describes itself as the nation’s largest telehealth provide and promises a call-back within 24 minutes. The Web site claims its U.S. board-certified… View Article

Checking Up On Health: January 14, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Happy New Year! Welcome to the first “Checking Up On Health” of 2014. Health care – policy and innovation – promises to be enormously interesting this year. Let’s hope it’s more of the good and less of the bad and ugly! ObamaCare Where are the young ones? The White House has declared that one out of four Americans now enrolled under the federal Affordable Care Act are between ages 18 and 34. Unfortunately, this is below the White House’s target. As the Washington Post notes, “The Obama administration has previously said that if 7 million people enrolled in coverage as expected, 2.7 million of them – or about View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release December 3, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation Releases Study on Long-Term Care in Georgia State Can’t Afford to Modify a ‘Broken System,’ Study Concludes Atlanta – Georgia needs to reduce dependency on public programs and attract more private revenue if it is to survive the state’s coming long-term care crisis, according to a study released today by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  Conducted for the Foundation by Stephen Moses, president of the Center for Long-Term Care Reform, the study examined Medicaid and long-term care financing in Georgia. Long-term care is defined as, “custodial or medical assistance needed for three months or more due to an inability to… View Article

Checking Up On Health: November 26, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Welcome to the Thanksgiving holiday edition of Checking Up On Health, my unsuccessful attempt to make you feel especially guilty for indulging this week! A funny thing happened on national TV this month. On MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” program host Rachel Maddow took it upon herself to criticize the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and my boss, Kelly McCutchen. I view it as a feather in our cap. You see, at the Foundation, we don’t believe that the state of Georgia should expand Medicaid under the unfortunately named Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare. We’ve proposed alternatives, here, here and in numerous other commentaries you can find here. And… View Article

Friday Facts: November 22, 2013

  November 22, 2013  It’s Friday! It’s nearing year’s end, and we’d like to remind you: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Friday Facts, our most popular product, exist thanks to your support and contributions. Please help us continue “Changing Georgia Policy, Changing Georgians’ Lives,” with your tax-deductible end-of-year contribution at http://tinyurl.com/3y27zfm. You know we’re getting under their skin: We’re sporting another feather in our cap after the Foundation earned a personal mention on MSNBC from a doyenne of Big Government, Rachel Maddow. Maddow, whose syndicated talk radio program of the same name used to air on the George Soros-funded Air America Radio, railed against state think tanks – and specifically referred to the Georgia… View Article

Checking Up On Health: November 19, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd November Is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month: Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease, which is progressive, accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases. An estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2013. This includes about 5 million people age 65 and older and about 200,000 younger than age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s. The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will grow as the U.S. population age 65 and older continues to increase. Millions of families are… View Article

Friday Facts: November 8, 2013

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the ease with which the many are governed by the few.” – David Hume “Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.” – Alexander Hamilton “The issue is always the same: the government or the market. There is no third solution.” Ludwig von Mises Health care Ruling’s lesson: “The Supreme Court’s decision in the ObamaCare case to strike down the broad penalty for refusing to comply with the Medicaid expansion constitutes a significant victory for the Constitution and… View Article

Checking Up On Health: November 5: 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled By Benita M. Dodd Yes, but …I: Ever the optimist, Chuck Lauer, former publisher of Modern Healthcare, has a list of things to remember about the Affordable Care Act. He predicts that the “snafus” over the ObamaCare exchanges eventually will be sorted out, “and more than 20 million people who were formerly without health care insurance will be insured.” On the down side, however, he adds: “But it seems clear that many of the plans will be fairly restrictive, and people won’t have as much choice of provider. Out-of-pocket spending will surely increase. At the same time, funding for disproportionate care is being slashed. Safety-net hospitals fear the outcome. This is the… View Article

Checking Up On Health: October 15, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled By Benita M. Dodd Just in time for ragweed season: The Food and Drug Administration has granted Sanofi’s nasal allergy spray Nasacort approval to be sold over the counter (OTC). The medication, currently sold via prescription, is the first steroid nasal spray to be granted approval for OTC use and will be available next spring. Several allergy products sold without a prescription in the nation, but Nasacort is a corticosteroid and treats allergy symptoms differently from those other products. Nasacort is designed to treat allergic rhinitis, allergies that cause swelling in the nose, such as pollen, dust or animal dander, in both adults and children. Source: Wall Street Journal Allergies, by the numbers: View Article

Checking Up On Health: October 8, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd (Back after a two-week hiatus!) There’s an app for that: Apple’s iTunes Store has introduced a section featuring apps aimed at health care providers. Available under “Collections” on the iTunes Store home interface, the section is further divided into reference, medical education, electronic medical records, and patient monitoring and more. mHealth database: The Knowledge for Health Project, implemented by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has announced the launch of a new Web site designed to bring together accumulated global knowledge on mHealth (mobile health) programs to offer best practices for organizations looking to harness mHealth. The site, mHealthEvidence.org, features 4,360 searchable records and reports,… 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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