Updates

Big Winners: Insurance Companies and Providers Create New “Fees” For Patients (Who are the Big Losers)

Here’s no surprise: Big insurance companies and health care providers are finding new ways to charge additional fees to patients. But, it is a surprise for patients who often believe their insurance covers their routine visit or procedure. Instead, patients are finding out the hard way that what they just assume will be covered – […]

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Can We Ever Have an Honest Conversation About Fixing Obamacare?

This post by UNITE HERE President D. Taylor was originally published at Huffington Post on March 12, 2014. We’re still waiting for that honest conversation about fixing Obamacare.

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These Are Issues Unions Have Raised About Obamacare

This post by UNITE HERE President D. Taylor was originally published at Huffington Post on February 7, 2014 – and the issues raised by D. have yet to be addressed:

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Wal-Mart To End Health Insurance Benefits For Part-time Workers

We’ve warned that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would result in the loss of coverage for many employees, particularly those who work part-time: Last summer, polling commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the International Franchise Association found that nearly a third of U.S. franchise businesses had already cut workers’ hours, and more than […]

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“Open Payments” Brings Some Sunshine To Financial Relationships in Health Care

This week, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) added needed sunshine to health care with the Open Payments program.  Those working on improved disclosure in health care know how slowly transparency moves forward, and this statutory piece of the ACA has been no exception.  But after many hurdles, it begins.  The initial small dataset, covering just […]

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D. Taylor at Politico Magazine on Obamacare 2.0: Fix perverse incentives

This post by UNITE HERE President D. Taylor was published at Politico Magazine’s “The Agenda,” in a piece titled: Obamacare 2.0: The Affordable Care Act survived Year One. Fifteen health-care thinkers tell us how to fix—or reimagine—it for the long haul.

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Big Employers to Workers: Pay More for Health Care

A new University of South Carolina survey shows that major employers are increasing employees’ out of pocket costs due to the Affordable Care Act. A poll of Fortune 500 Chief Human Resource officers and members of the HR Policy Association found that “Seventy-eight percent of respondents blamed the ACA for health insurance cost increases averaging […]

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Insurers Driving High Cost Patients Out of Drug Plans

As we note on this site, under the Affordable Care Act, for-profit insurance companies have been big winners financially. But, it’s never enough. Last week, Talking Points Memo published a post from by Charles Ornstein from Propublica titled, The New Way Insurers Are Shifting Costs To The Sick: Health insurance companies are no longer allowed […]

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“Do-Nothing” Congress Getting Ready to “Do-Something” for Big Insurance

By D. Taylor, President UNITE HERE The 113th Congress is coming to a close with its reputation for doing nothing largely intact. The major “accomplishment” in the House was its repeated votes to repeal Obamacare, including the shutdown last year. There are problems with Obamacare that need to be fixed. But, Congress won’t do anything […]

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Breaking News! Monopoly begets Monopoly

The Avalere Health consulting firm released a study showing that “where complete data on market share of health insurance exchanges are available, Wellpoint or independent Blue Cross Blue Shield plans captured the greatest share of covered lives.” As we’ve blogged before, health insurance is already highly concentrated. Why anyone would expect exchanges to alter that […]

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