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Health insurance - don’t Leave home without it

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:00 AM
We have all participated in discussions about why it is important to have insurance, particularly health coverage. Two recent incidents brought that point home strongly for me. A friend of mine had the type of health insurance that Obamacare was supposed to eliminate, very inexpensive insurance with... Read more

Who can see your medical records? It might be almost anyone

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:00 AM
Is your medical information safe from prying eyes? Maybe not as safe as you would like to think. A clinical laboratory reported this week that test results for over 7,000 patients had been accessible to the public for almost three years through Google searches. For some patients, the information included... Read more

Is Obamacare killing jobs? Recent studies suggest it is not

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:00 AM
Critics warned that Obamacare would kill jobs. It would make insurance so expensive that employers would have to cut back on hiring. And smaller companies would shed employees to get below the 50-worker threshold for having to provide coverage. A recent study by the conservative-leaning American Action... Read more

Why doctors hate electronic health records

Monday, September 8, 2014, 6:00 AM
Imagine you are a car mechanic, and the government offers to help you buy a new computerized tool to make it easier to fix cars. The tool improves automobile safety, it says, by giving you the latest evidence on the most effective repairs and immediate access to all prior work that has been done on... Read more

Now for the good news – Medicare costs are falling

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:00 AM
Remember the dire warnings about Medicare? Its costs are growing at an unsustainable rate. They will drive up federal deficits for years to come. The program could become insolvent in a few years. As it turns out, Medicare may not be in such bad shape, after all. The Congressional Budget Office recently... Read more

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
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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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