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By / 2.14.2019

America’s massive health care industry faces three major challenges: how to cover everyone, reduce costs, and increase productivity. Telehealth – the use of technology to help treat patients remotely – may help address all three. Telehealth reduces the need for expensive real estate and enables providers to better leverage their current medical personnel to provide […]

By / 2.8.2019

Washington has long been a leader in both innovation and health care. Telehealth, which lays at the intersection of the two, is an innovative, cost-effective way to deliver health care to underserved populations. Seeing the value of telehealth, Washington State requires health insurance companies, Medicaid managed care plans, and health plans offered to Washington State employees to […]

By / 1.16.2019

Dear Democratic Class of 2018, Congratulations on your election to the U.S. House of Representatives! In addition to winning your own race, you are part of something larger – the first wave of a progressive resurgence in U.S. politics. The midterm elections gave U.S. voters their first opportunity to react to the way Donald Trump […]

By / 12.19.2018

Republicans love to complain about “activist judges,” that is, until they find one willing to do their political bidding. On Friday, members of the GOP hailed a ruling by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor striking down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as unconstitutional. They didn’t seem to care that O’Connor had to use some highly […]

By / 12.17.2018

New Texas ruling is the latest example of Republican efforts to kill Obamacare. But while the GOP is winning on tactics, it’s losing hearts and minds. What is the strongest political force driving America toward national health care? No, it’s not Sen. Bernie Sanders and his “Democratic Socialist” minions. It’s the Republican Party. Hang on, […]

By / 11.19.2018

Health care costs continue to be top of mind for a plurality of voters, according to a recent poll by PPI and Expedition Strategies. Our poll surveyed 1,090 likely voters on to gather data to apply context and to for what kind of agenda progressives should craft as the 2020 election cycle dawns. Health care […]

By / 8.28.2018

The drug industry, like any industry, has its share of bad actors. The loathsome Martin Shkreli is now serving time after his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, jacked up the cost of a lifesaving AIDS drug by 5,000 percent. Mylan, a Dutch company, was caught overcharging the federal Medicaid program $1.27 billion for EpiPens, used to protect […]

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 […]