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Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it had approved a reinsurance proposal in Wisconsin and Maine in an effort to keep health premiums down. Reinsurance is essentially insurance for insurers: The government helps pay for the cost of exceptionally high-cost claims. It’s no wonder states have been working on […]

By / 8.3.2018

President Trump promised Americans cheaper and better health care than what is provided under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Yet his latest move, to expand access to short-term, limited-duration health plans, may make insurance cheaper but far from better. These short-term plans have existed under the ACA as a short-term stop-gap measure for people in […]

By / 7.11.2018

Several times in the past, I’ve examined the contribution of pharmaceuticals to rising health care costs (here, here, and here). It seems appropriate to do again, given President Trump’s latest tweets on drug prices, and Pfizer’s decision to roll back recent price hikes. I note first that an April 2018 report from the IQVIA Institute entitled Medicine […]

By / 7.11.2018

President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat on the Supreme Court vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy have left many to wonder: What will replacing an often swing vote with a more conservative one mean for health care? There are many pending cases in lower courts that, if they make it a […]

By / 6.20.2018

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a legal brief in support of a Texas lawsuit that would kill one of the most popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the one that ensures people with past medical problems can get affordable health insurance. It’s the latest twist in the Trump administration’s unrelenting […]

By / 6.7.2018

Lynnel Beauchesne’s dental office hugs a rural crossroads near Tunnelton, W.Va., population 336. Acres of empty farmland surround the weathered one-story white building; a couple of houses and a few barns are the only neighbors. But the parking lot is full. Some people have driven hours to see Beauchesne, the sole dentist within 30 miles. […]

By / 5.8.2018

In the future, medicine will be tailored to your individual “genome” or genetic code, lifestyle and community. Rather than a one-size-fits-most treatment, doctors will use data to determine what therapies you should receive based on genetic traits you’ve inherited from family, your daily habits, and where you live. But how do we get there? We […]

By / 3.22.2018

Under Gov. Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island is aiming to rebuild its economy — once factory-based — around advanced industries​​ such as biotech and software. With such projects as the Providence Innovation & Design District, the goal is to create good-paying jobs by attracting leading-edge companies to the state. How odd, then, that the state legislature […]