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Better late than never for Pennsylvania Medicaid

Friday, August 29, 2014, 12:24 PM
Pennsylvania may finally expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act but not the way the drafters of the law had envisioned. And not exactly the way Governor Corbett envisioned it either. Some aspects of the Governor’s “Healthy Pennsylvania” plan received federal approval... Read more

The administration seeks middle ground on Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate, but opponents may not buy it

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 6:00 AM
The Supreme Court ruled in June that the government may not force closely held companies to cover contraceptives in their health plans over the religious objections of their owners. The plaintiffs in the case, Hobby Lobby Stores and two other closely held corporations, had challenged an Obamacare rule... Read more

Will you lose your employer coverage under Obamacare? Odds are you won’t

Monday, August 25, 2014, 6:00 AM
An often-heard concern about the Affordable Care Act is that is will cause people to lose the employer coverage they already have. A recent poll found widespread concern among Americans that their employer will drop coverage because of the law and force them to purchase it on an exchange. Early analyses... Read more

Data, data everywhere, but not a bit that helps your doctor to think

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6:00 AM
I’m now living the measured life. I have a gadget strapped to my wrist that counts my steps and hours of sleep. It gives me a happy buzz when I hit my goals. I also wear a heart monitor and use a smartphone app to track my runs, bikes and hikes. Someday soon, a contact lens will measure my blood... Read more

So how good is the good news on Obamacare and jobs?

Monday, August 18, 2014, 6:00 AM
The most recent Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index survey found that the percentage of those without health insurance in the U.S. has fallen to 13.4%. The unemployment rate in July fell to 6.2%. However, looking inside these numbers tells a somewhat different story. Gallup’s findings of the... Read more

Obamacare without the government? We may see it soon

Friday, August 15, 2014, 6:00 AM
Is Obamacare without the government still Obamacare? The centerpiece of the law is the insurance exchanges run by the states and the federal government. They offer individual policies to everyone, regardless of health status. This has brought coverage to millions of people who had previously found... Read more

Brave hospitals, rising to the challenge of Obamacare

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 6:00 AM
Acts of bravery take place in hospitals every day, when staff must communicate information about life-threatening illnesses or help grieving family members respect a patient’s end-of-life wishes. But the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is also challenging hospitals to be organizationally... Read more

Who needs the Medicaid expansion? It could be the next person you meet

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 6:00 AM
A new report released by the Pennsylvania Health Access Network and FamiliesUSA found that of all the people who would be covered if Pennsylvania expanded Medicaid, roughly 60% of them – 285,000 people – are active in the workforce. They are the people who help us every day. Their work... Read more

The other health care revolution: accountability

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 4:55 PM
Not since the advent of Medicare in the 1960s has our nation’s health care undergone the kind of sweeping transformation we’re seeing today. While the Affordable Care Act and the millions of people who are newly insured are grabbing most of the headlines, there is another important story... Read more

Health spending growth has slowed: does Obamacare deserve a victory lap?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 6:00 AM
The relentless rise in health care spending is slowing. In 2012, costs rose by only 3.7% compared to about 8% in the early 2000s. The slower spending growth caused health care’s share of the overall economy to take a slight but unusual dip from 17.3% to 17.2%. 2012 was the fourth consecutive... Read more
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Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Professor, School of Law & Drexel School of Public Health
Jeffrey Brenner, MD Founder of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Medical Director of the Urban Health Institute at Cooper University Healthcare
Andy Carter President & CEO, The Hospital & Healthsystem Assoc. of Pa.
Robert B. Doherty Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs & Public Policy American College of Physicians
David Grande, MD, MPA Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Tine Hansen-Turton Chief Strategy Officer of Public Health Management Corporation
Drew A. Harris, DPM, MPH Director of Health Policy Program at the Jefferson School of Population Health
Antoinette Kraus Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network
Laval Miller-Wilson Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project
David B. Nash, MD, MBA Founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health
Mark V. Pauly, Ph.D. Professor of Health Care Management, Business Economics and Public Policy at The Wharton School
Howard J. Peterson, MHA Managing Partner of TRG Healthcare, a national healthcare consulting firm
Donald Schwarz, MD, MPH Deputy Mayor for Health & Opportunity and Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia
Paula L. Stillman, MD, MBA Healthcare consultant with special expertise in population health and disease management
Elizabeth A. W. Williams Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer for Independence Blue Cross
Krystyna Dereszowska A third-year law student concentrating in health at Drexel
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