Preview: Tonight’s VP Healthcare Debate

Healthcare was barely mentioned during the ninety minute Presidential debate between Secretary Hillary Clinton and Real Estate mogul, Donald Trump back on September 26th. Both campaigns have a chance to redeem themselves with tonight’s first and only Vice Presidential debate that will be held tonight at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Mike Pence is the…

Preview: Tonight’s Clinton/Trump Healthcare Debate

Tonight, we will witness the much anticipated Presidential debate being held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, between two longstanding New York powerhouses: Secretary Hillary Clinton and Real Estate mogul, Donald Trump.  We should hope there is time for the candidates to clearly outline their healthcare policies and proposals. Why Healthcare? Healthcare will represent…

Kasich: When Republicans Defend Gov’t Spending

Out of the six remaining major Republican candidates for President, only two remain that can claim “Executive Experience”; former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida and Governor John Kasich of Ohio. On Saturday, February 13th the two Governors squared off during the Republican debate, tackling questions around expanding Medicaid programs while maintaining conservative values. Jeb’s Replacement Plan Jeb Bush…

2016 Open Enrollment – 1 Week Left!

Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace will end on January 31st. That means there are only 7 more days to choose a health plan and enroll if you: Make too much money for Medicaid (approximately $16,000/yr). Are 64 years old or younger and cannot enroll in Medicare. Are not getting health insurance coverage from…

The Curious Case of Hialeah

January 2016 marks the 3rd year of the Health Insurance Marketplaces, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act designed to help millions of Americans buy affordable, quality healthcare. In those three years, enrollment has grown to well over 12 million people. Thus far, 3 million new Americans enrolled in 2016. 35% of those enrolled…

Top 10 of 2015: #1 Supreme Court

#1 Supreme Court Saves Obamacare   What Happened? A key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Obama’s landmark healthcare reform legislation, remained intact after a 6-3 Supreme Court decision. Many credit this decision to keeping healthcare reform from unraveling, which would have impacted millions of Americans who have enrolled through Health Exchanges since January…

Top 10 of 2015: #2 ICD-10

#2: United States Adopts ICD-10 (finally) The U.S. healthcare industry caught up to 27 other countries by implementing the ICD-10 coding system on October 1, 2015. ICD-10 stands for the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems – 10th Revision. It is coding used by doctors, hospitals, and health plans to document diseases, diagnoses, and symptoms.…

Top 10 of 2015: #3 Drug Prices

#3: Drug Prices Soar – Bigger than Turing   Martin Shkreli, founder and chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, made headlines when he tried to justify raising the price of the drug, Daraprim, from $13.50 to $750 a tablet in 2015. This was not the only example of exponential rate hikes in the pharmaceutical industry. For…

Top 10 of 2015: #4 Mergers

#4: Year of the Mergers The  healthcare sector had the largest share of mergers and acquisitions in 2015 totaling $724 billion, beating out Technology ($713 billion) and Real Estate ($458 billion). Aetna + Humana: Aetna will acquire Humana for $37 billion. Aetna $58.0 billion in Total Revenue $4.0 billion in Operating Income 5 million medical…

Top 10 of 2015: #5 UnitedHealthcare

#5: UnitedHealthcare Threatens Obamacare A logo sign outside of the headquarters of UnitedHealthcare in Minnetonka, Minnesota on October 25, 2015. Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar  The largest health insurance company in the country warned regulators and stockholders that they may withdraw from the Health Insurance Marketplaces in 2017. This is a move that could force more…