Tag: Health Care Reform

Insist President & Congress Get Real About Health Care Reform

While disability, illness or death eventually come to all families, Mr. Obama and other Presidents, Congress members, and to a lesser extent, their staffs use billions of dollars of Americans’ tax dollars to get special benefits, perks and privileges that help insulate them and their families from these challenges even as they adopt and enforce an epidemic of rules administered by thousands of newly hired bureaucrats who also enjoy many of those same special benefits, perks and privileges denied to taxpaying Americans they wont apply to themselves. Americans should not allow or trust any President or member of Congress to make important decisions about health care, jobs or war when the leader passes laws or supports silly rules.

OIG Questions Security For American’s Personal Information On HHS Health Insurance Exchange-Data Services Hub

A report released today by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) raises serious questions about whether Americans should accept the opportunity made available by HHS for the first time today to establish a personal account and begin entering their data into HHS data banks in preparation to apply for health care coverage through health insurance exchanges to be created under the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act when enrollment begins on October 1, 2013. In light of the OIG findings, Americans concerned about protecting their personal information may want to hold off entering information on the Healthcare.gov website and to share their concerns with HHS and Congress.

Will Health Care Reform Be Ready Jan.1? HHS Says Yes; GAO Skeptical

Despite growing concerns expressed by the General Accounting Office (GAO) and others about arrangements and the need for added funding to prepare for the massive conversion in the U.S. health care system slated to take effect January 1, 2014 under the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“ACA), Obama Administration officials are continuing to claim readiness to begin enrollment of Americans In federal health care marketplace on schedule on October 1, 2013 and to meet other crucial deadlines necessary to effectively implement the next wave of ACA’s health care reforms in the Department of Health & Human Service’s rollout of new consumer health care education and decision-making tools on its newly designed healthcare.gov website.

Economic Downturn, Not Health System Reform, Responsible For Decrease In Health Care Cost Trend

Bad economic times, and not health care reform, account for the record slowdown in U.S. health care spending, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation study, Assessing the Effects of the Economy on the Recent Slowdown in Health Spending (Study).

According to Kaiser Foundation, government statistics show that the period from 2009-2011 had the slowest growth (3.9%) in health care expenditures since the government began tracking health expenditure data in 1960.

Effective Wellness Programs Possible Despite Tight Budgets

While tight budgets preventing many businesses from investing in wellness consulting resources, a tight budget doesn’t mean your company, church, or other group can’t have a thriving wellness program. Wellness is a culture. While the resources and advice of consultants and bells and whistles can be helpful sometimes, the inability to afford them doesn’t mean that your organization or group can’t have a healthy and effective wellness program.

US Health Care Spending Growth Slows As Private Insurance Coverage Continues To Shrink Amid 2010’s Slow Economy

U.S. health care spending grew 3.9 percent in 2010 to $2.6 trillion or $8,402 per person according to the Annual Report of National Health Expenditures (NHE). The Report notes that since 2007, the economic recession and legislative changes led to a noticeable change in the shares of health care spending financed by businesses, households, and governments. Declining enrollment in private insurance resulted in continuing growth in government financing of this care. The federal government financed 29 percent of the nation’s health care spending in 2010, an increase of six percentage points from its share in 2007 of 23 percent, and reached $742.7 billion. Part of that increase came from enhanced Federal matching funds for State Medicaid programs under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act which expired in 2011. Review the details of the Report here.