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The last Obamacare sign up?

Today is the last day to sign up for Obamacare for 2017.  If President Trump has his way, it could be the last day to sign up for Obamacare ever.  In fact, Marketplace reports that Trump administration decided to pull ads promoting last-minute sign-ups, although it reversed that decision shortly after. The media put forth mixed estimates […]

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Will federal government spending be captured by the elderly?

According to a January 2017 report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), spending on entitlement programs for the elderly is the primary factor driving increased budget deficets over the next 10 years.  The CBO states: Outlays rise faster than revenues—by about 5 percent a year, on average—increasing from 20.7 percent of GDP in 2017 to […]

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Judge blocks Aetna-Humana merger

A judge blocked a potential $37 billion deal for the merger of large U.S. health insurers Aetna and Humana.  The Washington Post provides some explanation behind the judge’s logic: Bates wrote in his opinion that the proposed merger would have decreased competition substantially in the Medicare Advantage market in 364 counties. Aetna and Humana had argued […]

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Trump Links

In honor of inauguration day, some Trump-relevant links: “Art of the Deal” in health care Trump and speculative markets. On “repeal and replace” (with Wile E. Coyote graphic) Will Trump cut public health funding? Trump’s HHS appointee.

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Good News-Bad News in Covered California

First the good news, it appears that the Covered California marketplace is working.  People are selecting lower cost options and forcing insurers to compete.  Gabel et al. (2017) state that …the average purchased price for all plans was 11.6 percent less than the average offered price in 2014, 13.2 percent less in 2015, and 15.2 percent less in […]

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Friday Links

Why your city has no money. The “words matter” HWR The AI poker player? Should anti-vaccine MDs lose their license? The dental-medical divide.

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Some good news on cancer

In the long-run, death rates from cancer are falling.  The L.A. Times reports: In the year to come, an estimated 1,688,780 people in the United States are expected to get a cancer diagnosis, and cancer will claim the lives of a projected 600,920. That death toll, however grim, represents a death rate from cancer that […]

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Friday Links

Wine and breast cancer. The promise of molecular imaging. The world’s most expensive drug? Who will be the binding constraint for drug access? 7 stages of robot replacement.

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Aligning Incentives

An interesting story at AJMC on a new type of wellness program that better aligns outcomes with reimbursement: “Most wellness programs are like most gym memberships,” Adam Fawer, Noom’s chief operating officer, said in an interview. Employers have spent lots of money on programs that fail to help or even reach most of the staff, […]

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Last Links Post of 2016

A “shadowy crony group”? The real 2016 celebrity deaths. “The GOP isn’t going to repeal ACA.” Economists versus the Economy. Art of the Deal coming to Rx?

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