Entries from HEALTH LAW SECTION BLOG tagged with 'health care reform'

Republicans Finally Muster a Counter to the Affordable Care Act

After five years of busily passing symbolic legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act, Republicans in Congress have at long last come up with an alternative proposal, covered here by the New York Times: Three influential Republican members of Congress unveiled...

Private Health Insurers Are Being Driven Out Of The Markets, Affecting Millions - Forbes

Well. Who would've guessed? In New York, Empire BlueCross BlueShield said it is no longer offering health insurance plans that cover about 20,000 businesses. Mark Wagar, president and CEO of Empire, said that the company will eliminate seven of the...

Why Medical School Should Be Free - NYTimes.com

In Sunday's Op-Ed section of the New York Times, two physician-scholars argue that medical school should be free: We need a better way of paying for medical training, to address the looming shortage of primary care doctors and to...

Nursing Homes Seeking Reprieve From Health Care Law - NYTimes.com

The New York Times has a piece this morning on nursing home efforts to get out of PPACA's reform requirements. Among workers who provide hands-on care to nursing home residents, one in four has no health insurance. Among those who...

Where Health Reform Efforts Should Really Be Aimed

There is a nice article on CNN about how one doctor in Ohio applied a little innovation and a little coercion (through bad publicity) to reduce the price of lab tests. As a former newspaper reporter, [Dr.] Lefton understood how...

Ian Gershengorn Defends Federal Health Reform Law

Yesterday in the "Money and Policy" section of the New York Times website there was an interesting blog on legal efforts to defend the federal health reform law: There has been a lot of pacing lately. Since March, it has...

Justice David Souter's recent speech

The ABA Law Journal news (1) reports on Justice David Souter’s recent Harvard Commencement remarks concerning Constitutional Law. The text is published in the Harvard Gazette. The whole speech is worth reading, below is an excerpt: Where I suspect we...

New website, blog:HealthReform.Gov; Annual Report on Fed. Activities to Reduce Health Care Fraud

From 5/14/2010 HHS news release - HHS and DOJ Officials highlighted the new tools in the Affordable Care Act that will help fight fraud, strengthen consumer rights and protect taxpayer dollars.(1) The annual Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program...

President Obama Releases Health Reform Proposal

President Obama released his health reform proposal today: The proposal will make health care more affordable, make health insurers more accountable, expand health coverage to all Americans, and make the health system sustainable, stabilizing family budgets, the Federal budget, and...

NY's Guaranteed Issue Law Scrutinized in CA

Noam Levey of the LA Times takes a look at New York's guaranteed issue law: Two decades ago, New York passed a law requiring insurers to accept all applicants, even those with preexisting conditions. . . . But two decades...

States Assert Sovereignty, Oppose Individual Mandate

One aspect of the health insurance reform debate (I had to stop calling it health care reform a long time ago) that I find particularly intriguing is the question of whether the Federal government has - - or should have...

Selling Insurance Across State Lines

Kaiser Health News takes a look at a topic bubbling up in the muted but still ongoing health insurance reform debate: With health care legislation stalled, Republicans are touting their own remedies, including allowing Americans to buy health coverage across...

Coakley Report Dives Into Health Care Costs, Finds Wide Variations in Provider Payments

Boston.com covers a preliminary report issued by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley: Massachusetts insurance companies pay some hospitals and doctors twice as much money as others for essentially the same patient care, according to a preliminary report by Attorney General...

Americans Skeptical of Electronic Health Record Privacy

In an article at Forbes magazine, Andy Greenberg looks for the next big issue in health reform: In a study released Monday by the privacy-focused Ponemon Institute, Americans registered a deep distrust of anyone in either the federal government or...

Health Law Section Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Health Law Section is being held at the Hilton New York in New York City on Wednesday, January 27, 2010. The MCLE program will be an all-day session from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The program begins...

New York Disadvantaged Under Current Health Reform Bills

The New York Times reported today on why New York would not fare will under the health reform bills currently making their way through Congress. New York's Medicaid program is more generous than programs in other states. Those states could...

PublicMarkup.org, an ongoing experiment in preparing legislation more inclusively

New York's Senate 'Legislation Markup' (1) allows the public to comment on legislation that is under consideration. It is the virtual version of a session where legislative committees amend bill texts similar to the Federal site, www.publicmarkup.org.The Elections Committee...

Study Criticizes Massachusetts Health Reform Model

At HCPro today: The single-payer healthcare system was once the reform flavor of the moment, but it has been largely pushed to the rear and replaced by talk of a public insurance option and individual mandate. Massachusetts' healthcare reform, which...

AHIP, BCBSA Offer Quid Pro Quo: Universal Coverage for Individual Mandates

The New York Times reports today: The health insurance industry said Wednesday that it would support a health care overhaul requiring insurers to accept all customers, regardless of illness or disability. But in return, the industry said, Congress should require...

Hospital CEO Advocates Single Payer System

James Barba, CEO of Albany Medical Center, comments in today's Albany Times Union in favor of a single payer system: There appears to be no debate whatever that our current means of delivering health care has become cripplingly expensive. To...

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