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…

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.…

¡Pura Vida! Healthcare

In a recent trip to Jaco Beach, Costa Rica I was awestruck by the beauty of the country as well as the Costa Rican way of life. The term “Pura Vida” (pronounces poo-rah vee-dah) translates to pure life; an expression natives use to describe their way of living. What I soon discovered is this term encompasses…

Healthcare.gov Turns Three!

November 1st marks the third open enrollment period for the Healthcare Insurance Marketplaces (aka Obamacare). That means we are only one week away from millions of Americans being able to log into Healthcare.gov and either buy insurance for the first time or choose from new plans if they enrolled for health insurance coverage last year. Before the launch…

How Much Does Free Healthcare Cost?

Health exchanges intend to provide affordable coverage to a group of consumers who otherwise, for various reasons, have been historically uninsured. Each health exchange will use advanced premium tax credits (APTCs) or “subsidies” pegged at a person’s salary to help defray the cost of health insurance. To be eligible for these subsidies, a consumer (and/or…

Executive Thoughts: Healthcare Marketing

Virna Brooks, a Professor and Healthcare Executive, catches up with the Briefing Room (BR) to talk about Healthcare Marketing in light of Reform. The consumers are new, their preferences are different, and the timing is tight. Marketing will play a pivotal role in the success of health care reform. What’s Your Name Brooks: Virna Brooks How long have you…

#10 Scott Walker Survives a Recall Election

Scott Walker passed a controversial bill in 2011 that sought to strip collective bargaining rights of public sector employees. The bill would help shift costs to solve a $3.6 billion Wisconsin budget deficit. In the wake of its passing, health insurance for public sector employees was immediately impacted. Health risk assessments were mandated with a primary…