Mass. firms mull cuts in health benefits

WASHINGTON — Some Massachusetts companies are considering trimming employee insurance benefits as they prepare to implement provisions of President Obama’s health care overhaul, a move that follows announcements by several national firms that they plan to cut coverage, according to business leaders. In recent weeks, UPS and Delta Airlines, among others, have said they would […]

Near Absence Of Government In Health Reform: Lessons From Nepal

Line of patients waiting to be registered at Shertung Village (villagers will walk as much as three days to get to the medical camp and then wait in line for their turn). In the US, many health care woes are blamed on the federal or state government. Whether there is too little oversight and lack […]

Community health centers brace for health reform

Uninsured and diagnosed with HIV in 2004, Northeast Baltimore resident Dorothea Townes visits Chase Brexton Health Services’ Mount Vernon clinic at least once a month to pick up medications and get checkups. “It’s a big difference,” Townes, 49, said of the personalized treatment she receives compared with the care her friends get at hospitals. Community […]

Colorado Struggles to Educate, Enroll Residents in New Health Insurance …

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JEFFREY BROWN: Next: spreading the word about the new health reform law. It’s a crucial challenge for the federal government and states, creating so-called insurance exchanges. Last week, an independent arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, reported that work is running behind. Yesterday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters she still believes seven million […]

How Fortune 500 companies plan to cut health costs: Act like Medicare

<!– Text Size Print Reprints –> Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Sarah Kliff’s regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You can reach Sarah with questions, comments and suggestions here. Check back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon for the latest edition […]

DIY Health Reform Reduces Surgery Costs 50-90%

Healthcare’s Trillion-Dollar Disruption Dave Chase Contributor Healthcare’s Age of Agility Will Shuffle Market Leadership Dave Chase Contributor Is there a business case for engaging patients? Dave Chase Contributor The 7 Habits of Highly Patient Centric Providers Dave Chase Contributor Time magazine’s recent Bitter Pill cover story was long on outlining the healthcare industry’s problems but short […]

Arkansas plan shows that health care law’s Medicaid expansion leaves …

In an unexpected move, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently agreed to a proposal by Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) to reject the Medicaid expansion and instead use federal money to buy private health insurance for the 200,000 people who would have been covered under the expansion. That kind of arrangement could be […]

DIY Health Reform: Proof of How Easy it is to Slay the Healthcare Cost Beast

The 7 Habits of Highly Patient Centric Providers Dave Chase Contributor Healthcare’s Trillion-Dollar Disruption Dave Chase Contributor Healthcare’s Age of Agility Will Shuffle Market Leadership Dave Chase Contributor Is there a business case for engaging patients? Dave Chase Contributor Since Medicare was put in place, healthcare costs have increased 274x while all other consumer good […]

Obamacare is ramping up a health-care turf war

<!– Text Size Print Reprints –> Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Sarah Kliff’s regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You can reach Sarah with questions, comments and suggestions here. Check back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons for the latest edition […]

Health insurance tips for small-business owners

Here are some suggestions from experts for small businesses deciding whether to offer employee health insurance in 2014: 1. Consider the nature of your business. Small companies made up primarily of owners — such as physician and dentist offices and architectural and CPA firms — are likely to find that it makes financial sense to […]