Mainers choose Medicaid expansion, but will they get it?

Our neighbors to the north have been trying to expand their Medicaid program for years. Lawmakers would endorse it; Republican Gov. Paul LePage would veto it. Apparently that is no longer an option, but he has vowed to find a way.  More from The New York Times At least 80,000 additional Maine residents will become eligible … Continue reading Mainers choose Medicaid expansion, but will they get it?

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All that money you pay into Medicare? Not enough for Partners

The state held hearings this week to explore the possibility of setting up a global payments system, which the Globe describes this way: ...(Plans)  that put doctors and hospitals on an annual budget for each patient’s care. Another is to create a regulatory framework for how health care providers can form partnerships, called accountable care … Continue reading All that money you pay into Medicare? Not enough for Partners

Marcia Angell, single payer and week in review

Here’s what Marcia Angell would have said about the single payer approach if she had been invited to the Senate Finance Committee health reform meeting this week. Via the Globe.  The reform proposals advocated by President Obama are meant to increase coverage for the uninsured. That is certainly a worthwhile goal, but the problem is … Continue reading Marcia Angell, single payer and week in review