Archive for the ‘Health Care’ Category

Alaska Watchdog: Rising salaries contribute to growth of PERS/TRS unfunded liability

By Kirsten Adams A recently released evaluation of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) revealed more than $16 billion in unfunded liabilities, a number that has more than doubled since 2001. The evaluation, conducted by Buck Consultants and presented to the Alaska Retirement Management Board...
May 17th, 2010 | Fiscal Policy, Health Care | Read More

Alaska Watchdog: Economy and rising health care costs raises unfunded liability of state pension

By Kirsten Adams After an independent review of Alaska’s public retirement systems revealed more than $24 billion in liabilities, state officials said the steady annual increases in debt were caused by a combination of unhealthy markets and rising health care costs. Jack Kreinheder, Senior Analyst...
May 17th, 2010 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

Promised healthcare premium decrease turns to increase

(AP) New healthcare legislation allowing adults to remain under the coverage of their parents’ plan is expected to raise premiums near 1 percent. This coming despite the campaign promise that premiums would be reduced by 2,500 per average family. Read the article <here>
May 11th, 2010 | Health Care, Policy, Recent News | Read More

IRS may need more muscle to enforce insurance mandate

(USA Today) While the Internal Revenue Service can impose liens or levies, seize property or seek jail time against people who don’t pay taxes, it’s barred from taking such actions against taxpayers who ignore the insurance mandate. However, it does have the ability to withhold refunds from...
May 7th, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Massachusetts Health Care Reform: a glimpse into America’s future

(Wall Street Journal) Massachusetts law makers imposed new laws on insurance companies in 2006, including terms such as the inability to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions. This caused systematic abuse resulting operating losses for three of the four non-profit insurance providers in the...
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Read the health care bill

( Here’s your new health care plan, America: All 2,407 pages of it. (PDF 4.08MB)
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Arizona Governor cuts Medicaid, SCHIP

(ABC 15 News) Governor Jan Brewer said the federal healthcare reform bill sitting in Congress would financially devastate Arizona, arguing that a bill drafted by Congress would not be a good fit for every state. Arizona has already cut its Medicaid and SCHIP programs in an effort to control its costs,...
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Idaho first state to pass legislation prohibiting federal health care reform

(Washington Post) Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter was the first to sign a piece of legislation into law which would prohibit the federal government from requiring citizens to buy health insurance. Similar legislation is pending in 37 other states including Alaska. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Budget request uncovers mismanagement of Alaska Medicaid

(Fairbanks Daily News-miner) The state suspended, for one year ending in mid-2009, a school-focused Medicaid reimbursement program after muddy financial reporting raised red flags with federal agencies. The Department of Health and Social Services has asked for a legislative OK to balance its books by...
April 23rd, 2010 | Accountability, Health Care, Policy | Read More

The “Con” of American hospitals

(FOX Business) John Stossel gives an example of why the United States does not have a free market in health care. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Is obesity really an epidemic?

(Spiked) Two studies produced by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association – one about obesity in children and adolescents, and the other about adult obesity – completely undermine the claims of an obesity epidemic. Read...
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

States seek to ban health insurance mandate

(FOXNews) Lawmakers in about half the states are forging ahead with constitutional amendments to ban government health insurance mandates. The proposals would assert a state-based right for people to pay medical bills from their own pocketbooks and prohibit penalties against those who refuse to carry...
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

Government healthcare spending to top private sector by 2012

(Kaiser Health News) However, even if that legislation never passes, government programs will soon finance a majority of the health care market, according to officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Mayo Clinic to soon deny Medicare patients

(Bloomberg) The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too little. Read the article <here>
April 22nd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

How one company is helping the healthcare market

(Wall Street Journal) As AthenaHealth CEO Jonathan Bush sees it, the profound problem with U.S. health care is that there’s “no landscape of choices, or choosers.” Due to the complexity of America’s third-party laundromat for health dollars—your doctor’s clerical staff...
April 22nd, 2010 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

Florida Medicaid reform brings higher quality care

(The James Madison Institute) In October 2005 Florida received approval from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the broadest reform in the history of Medicaid. The plan involves real managed competition as well as an innovative health savings account devised for beneficiaries. Read...
April 22nd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More