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Archive for October, 2011

Industry Consolidation

Last year, I mentioned how ACO requirements will lead to more industry consolidation.  A recent article by the Economist is finding that my prediction is becoming a reality. “Cigna, an insurer based in Connecticut, said it would pay $3.8 billion for HealthSpring, which offers services and insurance to the elderly. It is the latest deal […]

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State Governments Providing Health Insurance to More Children

Of the 6.6 million uninsured children in the nation, 4.3 million are eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Approximately 2.8 million children come from families at or near the federal poverty line (FPL). Despite the fact that millions of children are uninsured, children’s participation rates in Medicaid/CHIP are increasing. Today I […]

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Health Wonk Review – SuperHero Edition

Joe Paduda has the latest edition of the health wonk review available here.  Check it out!

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Quotation of the Day

“People sometimes say ‘But one single can?’ One single can is of great importance. Because 99 is not 100, and that single one will make the difference.” Valter, as seen in the extremely uplifting movie Waste Land.

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Newly eligible Medicaid beneficiaries report poorer health than current enrollees

According to Avalere Health the people who will be added to Medicaid through healthcare reform are more sick — and therefore will be more expensive to treat — than current beneficiaries.  This chart below uses data from the 2008 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) to demonstrate this point.  

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Mid-week Links

Walmart scales back health insurance. “Meat-axe” cuts to Medicare. Why CLASS faces a “significant risk of failure”. Costs of addressing heroin addiction. U.S. anthrax security failures eerily similar to Soviet anthrax security failures.

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Does the U.S. Really Have a Free Market for Health Insurance?

Conventional wisdom holds that the U.S. has a free market for health insurance and Europe relies on a state-run, socialist health care system.  The U.S. ‘free market’ for health insurance, however, is in fact strictly regulated.  States exert significant authority over what benefits plans can offer and what premiums they charge.  Consider the following evidence […]

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Will Health Exchanges Really Increase Competition?

The Health insurance exchanges enacted by the PPACA (i.e., ‘Health Reform’) are meant to bring competition to the small group and individual markets.  These exchanges will begin in 2014.  A GAO survey of States, however, found that the current small group health insurance market is very concentrated. There is significant market concentration.  Twenty-seven states reported […]

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Health Care in the NFL

The National Football Post has an interesting article on health care for NFL players.  Like all individuals, health care for NFL players takes on two broad forms: preventive and treatment. Unlike most individuals, the forms of prevention are different. When the NFL union and teams argue over preventive care, this does not revolve around vaccinations […]

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Thursday Links

Unfit for service. Health insurance ≠ health. The cost-effectiveness tzar? Ranking international health care systems. The rent seeking is too damn high.

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