Conservatives backed the ideas behind Obamacare, so how did they come to hate it?

Republicans have attacked the Affordable Care Act since it became law 10 years ago, yet Republicans were the ones who came up with the blueprint for the law. How did this twist happen?

Wendy Netter Epstein, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Jaharis Health Law Institute, DePaul University • conversation
Nov. 10, 2020 ~10 min

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Conservatives backed the ideas behind Obamacare, so how did they come to decry it?

Republicans have attacked the Affordable Care Act since it became law 10 years ago, yet Republicans were the ones who came up with the blueprint for the law. How did this twist happen?

Wendy Netter Epstein, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Jaharis Health Law Institute, DePaul University • conversation
Nov. 10, 2020 ~10 min

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Health insurers are starting to roll back coverage for telehealth – even though demand is way up due to COVID-19

Widely adopted in the US when pandemic precautions kept people home, telehealth faces a challenge as insurance coverage changes, right when its popularity had surged.

Steve Davis, Associate Professor of Health Policy, Management and Leadership, West Virginia University • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~8 min

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Surprise medical bills increase costs for everyone, not just for the people who get them

Surprise medical bills have led to financial pain and suffering on top of whatever ailed a patient in the first place. A recent study shows that the practice drives up costs for everyone.

Loren Adler, Associate Director, USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, University of Southern California • conversation
Oct. 1, 2020 ~10 min

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Obamacare's unexpected bonus: How the Affordable Care Act is helping middle-aged Americans during the pandemic

For millions, the ACA is making a big difference during the coronavirus crisis.

Jane Tavares, Research Fellow, LeadingAge LTSS Center, University of Massachusetts Boston • conversation
Aug. 3, 2020 ~5 min

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Prescription drug costs would have been a major campaign issue, so what will happen now that coronavirus is center stage?

Studies repeatedly have shown that health care in general and the high cost of drugs in particular are among the top concerns of US voters. But with coronavirus, the issue may fade from prominence.

Simon F. Haeder, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~9 min

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How coronavirus could forever change home health care, leaving vulnerable older adults without care and overburdening caregivers

Home health care is a much trickier question after COVID-19, and that becomes an issue for millions of older people who rely on home health care, as well as the workers who care for them.

Paula Rochon, Senior research scientist, University of Toronto • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~8 min

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93% of people over 65 want Medicare to add dental coverage

Almost all respondents in a new survey say they want dental insurance added to Medicare coverage. The report also shows cost is a barrier to dental health.

U. Michigan • futurity
March 25, 2020 ~6 min

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Big for-profit dialysis companies worsen patient care

After acquisition by for-profit dialysis chains, survival rates fell by as much as 2.9%, and patients were 8.5% less likely to get a transplant or join a transplant waiting list during their first year.

Duke University • futurity
Nov. 7, 2019 ~5 min

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Sometimes generic drugs actually cost more

"...for Medicare beneficiaries with $20,000 to $80,000 in annual drug spending, using only brand-name drugs could actually save them money."

Vanderbilt U. • futurity
July 16, 2019 ~3 min

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