Monthly Archives: May 2015

King v. Burwell — The Actuaries Explain All

In the late 1980s, Dr. William Hsiao, a colleague of mine at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, my former professor, and a globally renowned health economist, explained to me the difference between an accountant and an actuary.  “An … Continue reading

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The New Conversation on Affordability and Underinsurance

Just like spring, a new public conversation is busting out across the nation and the topic is health insurance and health care affordability for patients and consumers. The conversation is taking different forms and is beginning to trigger policy proposals. … Continue reading

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A Most Important Demo You’ve Never Heard of… “One Care”

A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation puts a welcome spotlight on a most important U.S. health reform demonstration — called One Care — going on first and right now in Massachusetts.   How wonky is this?  The report … Continue reading

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Hidden ACA (1) — An Alternative Report Card

In my experience, only a tiny fraction of Americans recognize the variety and depth of policies included in the Affordable Care Act. In fact, a vast array of policies reside in the law’s 10 titles, and so many involve interesting … Continue reading

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11.7 + 11.7 = 23.4 million Enrolled via ACA

We had previously  learned in March that an estimated 11.17 million Americans took advantage of private insurance coverage offered through the ACA’s exchange/marketplaces through the second enrollment period ending in February.  Today, we learn that a similar number, 11.7 million, … Continue reading

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The Good News and the Bad — Another ACA Day

If you’re like me — and I pray you’re not — your email inbox drowns every day with news about the ACA and health policy in every imaginable direction.  Sometimes, two messages get juxtaposed next to each other in ways … Continue reading

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