February 23, 2018

   

 

 


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Compliance Cornered: Medicare and COBRA Can Cause Confusion
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It’s time to say goodbye to the speed-skating, curling, and half pipe tricks as the 2018 Winter Olympics draw to a close. If you’re looking for something to fill the void of nightly TV coverage, check out this week’s reads!


A bipartisan group of governors, led by John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and John Kasich (R-OH), released a healthcare blueprint ahead of the National Governors Association meeting. The governors released a similar proposal last year.

 

One of the reasons that healthcare is so expensive may be that medical billing is so expensive. A recent study shows that a single primary care doctor may spend nearly $100,000 annually just on billing.

 

Minnesota saw one of the highest increases in its uninsured population last year, surging from a very low 4.3% in 2015 to 6.3%. Roughly half of those no longer insured said they were deterred by costs.

 

The New York Times looks at the issue of middle-class Americans who are being squeezed with higher healthcare costs while others get access to free (or highly subsidized) care.

 

The left-leaning Center for American Progress is releasing its single-payer plan, “Medicare Extra for All,” that would automatically enroll all Americans in coverage. If you’re curious about comparative single-payer approaches, we encourage you to check out NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein’s session on it at Capitol Conference!

 

Conservatives are downright dumbfounded by the Trump Administration’s budget request, which included funding for the risk corridor program that has been routinely derided as an “insurer bailout” by leading congressional Republicans.

 

Wisconsin’s reinsurance proposal, led by longtime ACA critic Governor Scott Walker, is poised for passage. Walker is seeking federal funds to stabilize individual-market premiums, claiming “Obamacare is collapsing. Washington has failed to fix it. Wisconsin will lead!”

 

After years of fighting Medicaid expansion, the narrowly Republican-controlled Virginia House of Delegates is now on board with the proposal as long as it conforms to the newly permitted work requirements unveiled by the Trump Administration.

 

Zeke Emanuel, one of the architects of the ACA, authors this article with health information technology guru Bob Kocher: “What Medicare Could Learn from Netflix.”

 

Could Apple’s approach to sharing health data be the breakthrough needed to bring electronic health records to the next level?

 

After years of fading away, black lung disease is making a comeback in coal country. And after emptying our toner waste bin this week, which filled the copy room with black dust, you could say that we relate.

 

The flu season may be finally hitting a plateau, but if you’re wondering why it makes you feel so bad, check out this article. And if you currently have the flu, please stay home and skip this year’s Capitol Conference!

 

In non-health-related reading, this was a real page-turner and has turned us off from looking for another Craigslist roommate ever again. 

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