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Checking Up On Health: August 4, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd On Sunday, colon cancer took the life of a very dear, longtime friend and former colleague at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The tributes to Frank Hyland, a fine author, sportswriter, editor and all-round classical journalist are both poignant and hilarious. It’s consoling when someone leaves you with the finest of memories. I have a feeling Frank’s busily reviewing obits and checking game stats at the Pearly Gates while we’re still here chuckling about his shenanigans. And if you haven’t read his book, “The Sportin’ Life of Lewis Grizzard,” you’re missing some great, irreverent newsroom tales! It got me thinking again about colon cancer and screenings. My mother-in-law, too, succumbed to cancer… View Article

Friday Facts: July 31, 2015

It’s Friday! Events August 7: Join the Foundation’s Benita Dodd at “Due Process Denied: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Undermines Freedom,” a 12:30 p.m. breakout session at Red State Gathering, (Hope Room, Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel) Moderated by Jason Pye, FreedomWorks’ Director of Justice Reform, the panel will include Marc Levin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Lance Lemmonds of the Coalition for Public Safety. October 15: The Sixth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum takes place at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta on Thursday, Oct. 15. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, is the keynote. The theme is, “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity.” Details here. Registration is $125 per person; an Early Bird rate… View Article

Checking Up On Health: July 28, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd The new school year begins Monday for some Georgia school systems and over the next week or so for most. Thousands of children are headed to school for the first time. Are you prepared? I’m not talking about backpacks and boxes of Kleenex and crayons and lunch money. (Don’t even get me started about the new school lunch rules that force a one-size-fits-all lunch on children who grow at vastly differing rates with vastly different nutritional needs. …) What I mean is this: Is your child up to date on his or her shots? Have you decided you won’t subject your child to whatever risk is involved in vaccinating? Too… View Article

Checking Up On Health: July 21, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled By Benita M. Dodd The Internal Revenue Service’s tax subsidies for individuals in federally run exchanges are now allowable, thanks to U.S. Supreme Court justices who have now become adept at reading minds and can divine the intent of politicians and bureaucrats despite what laws declare in black and white. What happens next in ObamaCare? As long as President Obama is in the White House, little will change. He’s vowed to veto any effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The high court’s ruling is not the last word. It can’t be: Problems with the legislation abound. Responsibly run government program is a pipe dream. Government exists to perpetuate itself, and its ability to… View Article

Health Care Proposal Improves With Age

By John R. Graham You’ve got to give credit to Congressman Tom Price, MD: He introduced his first post-ObamaCare bill as early as 2009 and has reintroduced an updated version in every Congress since then. The latest Empowering Patients First Act (H.R. 2300), introduced this month, is the fourth iteration. Many critics complain Republicans in Congress have taken too long to develop an alternative to Obamacare. However, President Obama is running the show until January 2017. It is responsible for Congressional Republicans to take all the time and space they need to develop their alternative for the next president’s consideration. A fully baked repeal and replacement bill today would serve no purpose, while doing nothing until a president committed to… View Article

Checking Up On Health: June 2, 2015

Health Care Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court will announce its decision on King v. Burwell, in which the IRS decision to provide subsidies to enrollees in federally operated health care exchanges is being challenged. Georgia is among the 34 states that have a federally operated exchange under the Affordable Care Act. King v. Burwell is one of four lawsuits arguing that the text of the Affordable Care Act only allows for subsidies on state-run exchanges, and that the IRS regulation offering subsidies through both state and federal exchanges exceeds the authority granted by Congress. If the court rules the subsidies are illegal, the 34 states currently operating under a… View Article

Checking Up On Health: April 28, 2015

  Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. 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 no link… View Article

Checking Up On Health: April 14, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. 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 disregard the… View Article

Checking Up On Health: March 31, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. 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 procedure. I… View Article

Checking Up On Health: March 17, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. 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 for 2014,… View Article

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