Monthly Archives: April 2005

What Kind of Reform Works and Does Not Work? (Chip Joffe Halpern)

The National Academy of State Health Policy observes that for 25 years states have served as laboratories for health care reform efforts. In examining the impact and effectiveness of state funded health insurance programs they observe: “State demonstrations have shown … Continue reading

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Whose Taxes Would Jesus Cut?

Last night, both houses of Congress voted along partisan lines to cut $10 billion in Medicaid spending nationally over the next five years as part of the FY06 budget resolution. This same budget plan cuts taxes on everyone making more … Continue reading

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New State Numbers on Uninsured Adults — and Some Quick State Notes

A great new Robert Wood Johnson study provides state by state estimates on numbers of uninsured adults and uninsured adults with jobs. Among uninsured adults, best states were Minnesota (8.3%), Hawaii (9.8% — love that employer mandate!), and Deleware (10.2%). … Continue reading

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HelpLine Online — The Requests Keep on Coming

Just about a year ago, HCFA’s Consumer Helpline began answering online requests for assistance. If you know anyone in need of free advice about their health coverage options, feel welcome to refer them to our Helpline — phone or email. … Continue reading

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Add Your Voice — Help Fix Health Care Today

Beginning today, the Mass. House of Representatives begins its annual budget debate. It usually goes on for most of the week, and the key decisions on health issue occur later in the week. HCFA and our allies are working on … Continue reading

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Two for the Road

At HCFA, we regularly get daily doses of reality. Here are two recent examples: “I currently have no health insurance, its a god dam ripoff. Been paying $4000 a year for $5000 deductable. No claims for ten years, just $40,000 … Continue reading

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Vox Populi

Today, the Affordable Care Today! Coalition (formerly the Massachusetts Heatlh Reform Coalition) released a poll conducted by respected pollster Tom Kiley on attitudes of Massachusetts voters toward health reform. See the results by clicking here. Among the key results, health … Continue reading

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