Pennsylvania Board Recommends “Basic Health Plan” Over Exchanges in New Law

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 2:30 pm

The Commonwealth Health Care Reform Implementation Advisory Committee created by out-going Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell recently submitted its report on implementing the new health care law. The committee recommended the state strongly consider covering people making between 133-200% of FPL (Federal Poverty Level) with the optional “Basic Health Plan” program added to the bill by [...]

Connecticut Informed That Private Insurance Exchanges Are Bad Deals for Consumers, Taxpayers

By: Wednesday January 5, 2011 2:21 pm

The subsidized private health insurance exchanges created by the new health care law are going to do a very poor job of providing affordable health care to the low income Americans they are meant to serve, according to a new draft report to the Connecticut General Assembly from the Sustinet Health Partnership Board of Directors. [...]

More Money To Community Health Care Centers And An Important Improvement To Cantwell’s Basic Health Program

By: Saturday December 19, 2009 12:13 pm

Looking through the manager’s amendment, one of the best pieces of pure good news is the extra money going to community health care centers and the National Health Service Corps fund. Community health care centers provide the vital service of getting individual cost effective primary care. If your goal is to increase access to “health [...]

The Public Option “Deal” That Does Not Sound Like It Is Even A Deal Yet

By: Wednesday December 9, 2009 9:09 am

Last night, Harry Reid announced that there would be tentative deal (or deals) on the public option. The deal has not been scored by the CBO and, in fact, the deal may only be a deal on what ideas they will have the CBO score, so that they then can than use that information to [...]

What The Senate Bill Does Better, Part 2: Cantwell’s Basic Health Program

By: Tuesday November 24, 2009 12:02 pm

Cantwell’s “basic health program” (section 1331 page 210) is one of the better ideas found in the Senate bill but not in the House bill. I support the basic health plan not because I’m a huge fan of the idea, but simply because I know the idea can work. It is clearly better than putting [...]