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Uninsured drop as ACA faces threats

By Beth Kutscher , Bob Herman and Harris Meyer  |  May 30, 2015

The number of Americans who were uninsured for at least part of last year dropped to a low not seen in decades.

Kaiser CEO says competition is rising, and that's not a bad thing

Kaiser CEO says competition is rising, and that's not a bad thing

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 30, 2015

Bernard Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, discusses value-based reimbursement, the importance of comprehensive EHRs with information-technology interoperability and challenges from insurance expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

Finley named CEO at Alameda Health

Finley named CEO at Alameda Health

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 30, 2015

Delvecchio Finley, 38, will become CEO at Alameda Health System, a safety net provider based in Oakland, Calif., effective in August.

As King v. Burwell decision approaches, CDC details sharp drop in uninsured

As King v. Burwell decision approaches, CDC details sharp drop in uninsured

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 28, 2015

The number of people who were uninsured for at least part of last year dropped to a low not seen in decades. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed the insurance landscape in the first nine months of 2014, only 11.9% of respondents said they were uninsured.

Blog: Single-payer advocates tally ACA's administrative burden

By Art Golab  |  May 28, 2015

The Affordable Care Act will add more than a quarter of a trillion dollars in additional insurance administrative expenses from 2012 to 2022, according to an analysis of federal data released Wednesday by two medical school professors.

'Ugly' potential fallout from Supreme Court healthcare case

By Associated Press  |  May 25, 2015

A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's healthcare law. But it's Republicans—not White House officials—who have been talking about damage control.

Demands of an aging population will have Medicare, Medicaid fighting for dollars

By Merrill Goozner  |  May 23, 2015

Medicare and Medicaid evolved in dramatically different ways. Medicare, which provided health coverage for seniors, became the third rail of American politics. Medicaid, a state-based program that provided health coverage for the poor, existed in a political netherworld. All that is about to change.

Commentary: Defined-contribution model would improve care

Commentary: Defined-contribution model would improve care

By Douglas Holtz-Eakin  |  May 23, 2015

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and a former Congressional Budget Office director, writes that Medicare and Medicaid have an obligation to provide high-quality care to America's seniors and low-income beneficiaries, and they must be made financially sustainable.

Will Medicare and Medicaid predict ACA's future?

Will Medicare and Medicaid predict ACA's future?

By Harris Meyer  |  May 23, 2015

While politicians debate the future of Medicare and Medicaid, few question that those programs are here to stay. It's easy to forget how controversial the idea of government healthcare programs was for most of the 20th century, and how many decades it took to enact the programs.

CMS blinks in Medicaid stare down with Florida

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 21, 2015

The CMS is appearing to blink in its stare down with Florida over Medicaid expansion. The agency informed state officials that it tentatively plans to renew a waiver that has provided Florida billions in supplemental Medicaid funding to help hospitals with uncompensated-care costs.

CBO's new scoring policy could affect federal healthcare programs

By Bob Herman  |  May 19, 2015

The Congressional Budget Office is under new leadership, and the agency made it clear Tuesday that a different type of economic analysis will be used to study the effects of federal spending policies, particularly those in healthcare. That could affect projections regarding the ACA.

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