A Harvard panel makes prediction for the the future of the Affordable Care Act #HCR

https://youtu.be/AwTJtaozvbI The Panel Robert Blendon Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School Sheila Burke Chair, Government Relations and Public Policy Group, Baker Donelson, and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School Lanhee Chen Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, and Director of Domestic Policy Studies … Continue reading A Harvard panel makes prediction for the the future of the Affordable Care Act #HCR

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren is backing the single-payer insurance proposal from Sen. Bernie Sanders. Does it have a chance?

From The Boston Globe: “There is something fundamentally wrong when one of the richest and most powerful countries on the planet can’t make sure that a person can afford to see a doctor when they’re sick. This isn’t any way to live,” Warren wrote, asking her backers to sign a petition expressing their support for … Continue reading Sen. Elizabeth Warren is backing the single-payer insurance proposal from Sen. Bernie Sanders. Does it have a chance?

Can the states step in if the feds cut marketing $$$ for Affordable Care Act?

Your correspondent spent much of the '90s covering health care in North Carolina. Found this while visiting family. See story below from Kaiser Health News. Probably won't find it next visit. How the cuts will play our in Massachusetts is an unknown at this point. In the meantime, hospitals in Boston reported surpluses yesterday. Trump … Continue reading Can the states step in if the feds cut marketing $$$ for Affordable Care Act?

WBUR: Help for stressed out college students

Nice post from WBUR's Commonhealth on how  college students help keep each other  straight. As a college student, I often feel surrounded by people who are stressed and struggling with their mental health. I’ve seen and helped with multiple breakdowns and crises when on-campus counseling services were not available, not sure how much I can … Continue reading WBUR: Help for stressed out college students

How to keep up with the health reform debate in MA and DC: A Twitter list

  A Twitter list of 60+ key feeds to help you keep up with the  health care debate here and in DC. The two are linked in that the MA program was a model for the ACA. Also, there's an effort ongoing to track and control the costs of care at hospitals. More on that here. … Continue reading How to keep up with the health reform debate in MA and DC: A Twitter list

Vox: “This is what Susan Collins heard about health care while she was home”

The Maine Senator has played a key role in the debate over the ACA repeal. A short piece from the Vox "Defector of the Day" series looking at Republican senator who seems undecided or opposed to  the Better Care Reconciliation Act The four-term senator is probably the most moderate member in the chamber. She has expressed … Continue reading Vox: “This is what Susan Collins heard about health care while she was home”

In #Maine, transparency and cooperation lead to high #health care #quality scores

From Health Leaders Media, by Tinker Ready ...Maine seems to have made some moves over the years that allowed it to ease into in the era of mega-measurement. For one thing, the state began wrestling with quality measures more than a decade ago. In 2005, the state employee health plan began rewarding high quality hospitals … Continue reading In #Maine, transparency and cooperation lead to high #health care #quality scores