Category Archives: States

MassHealth Dives into Accountable Care

[I wrote this commentary for the Spring Issue of Commonwealth Magazine to profile Massachusetts’ new move into accountable care organizations, an experiment that deserves watching.  Dr. William Seligman co-wrote with me.] IN A WILDLY uncertain national health care environment, something … Continue reading

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“It has saved my life.” Voices from Ohio on Medicaid Expansion

[This commentary was first published on February 15 on the Commonwealth Magazine website:] OHIO IS ONE of 31 states that expanded Medicaid as permitted by the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare for nearly all low-income citizens. The state’s Republican governor, former presidential … Continue reading

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Obama, Clinton and the New Public Option

The era of Democratic silence on strengthening and improving the Affordable Care Act is officially over.  President Barack Obama’s tour de force review of the ACA’s successes in the new Journal of the American Medical Association is also important for … Continue reading

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Behind the Turnaround at the MA Health Connector

(This article was just published in the Spring Issue of Commonwealth magazine.) It’s 11:59 PM on October 31, 2015, about 20 nervous state officials and contractors hunched around computer terminals in a non-descript office in the Charles F. Hurley Building … Continue reading

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Diagnosing Vermont’s Single Payer Crash

I have a commentary in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine on “the demise of Vermont’s single payer plan.” Beyond what’s in the article, here are some points of note. First, as some of ardent single payer proponents note, … Continue reading

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Oh Brother! Those Awful Out-of-Network Charges!

One of the reasons I like this new site is because I can easily bring in other voices.  And why not start close to home.  May I present … my big brother.  Joseph P McDonagh — yes, he changed the … Continue reading

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