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Making automatic renewal of Obamacare insurance work

Friday, July 11, 2014, 6:00 AM
The Obama administration is floating a proposal to allow “auto-renewal” of ACA insurance plans. This means that the roughly 8 million people that signed up for Obamacare insurance will be automatically renewed in the same insurance plan next year (open enrollment starts again in November)... Read more

Bad Faith - Flawed belief trumps good science in Hobby Lobby Case

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 11:51 AM
This week, all eyes were on the US Supreme Court when it issued a landmark decision in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. A majority of justices decided that a corporation could not be forced to offer employee health insurance plans that covered contraception services that violated its owner’s... Read more

Supreme Court’s contraceptive decision shows its inability to understand basic economics

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 12:39 PM
There are many reasons to be concerned about this week’s Supreme Court decision that the Affordable Care Act’s mandate requiring employers to pay for coverage of a wide range of contraceptive methods violated another federal law protecting firm owners’ religious freedom. Passionate... Read more

How Will Hobby Lobby Affect Obamacare? The Experts Weigh In

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 10:41 AM
We asked the Field Clinic's panel of experts for reactions to the Supeme Court's decision on the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. Here is what they had to say. Antoinette Kraus - Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network Hobby Lobby is a disappointing ruling that will prevent some women... Read more

A Framework for Fixing Obamacare

Monday, June 30, 2014, 6:00 AM
We are 7 months into the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, “Obamacare”. Several things are clear. Obamacare is not likely to be repealed. More than 35 million US residents remain uninsured. The cost of the insurance on the “exchanges” is higher than projected and is... Read more

Is Protecting Pennsylvania’s Health Worth 60 Cents a Pack? A Coalition of Hospitals and Nursing Homes Thinks So

Friday, June 27, 2014, 6:00 AM
Faced with a looming state budget deadline, a $1.44 billion budget gap, and the loss of $320 million in federal payments, hospitals and nursing homes are doing what we do every day in doctor’s offices, hospital rooms, and senior centers across the state. We are taking steps to achieve the best... Read more

How Medicaid expansion could solve Pennsylvania’s budget crisis

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 6:00 AM
State lawmakers have less than two weeks to close a projected $1.2 billion budget shortfall. As the Inquirer recently reported, tax collections in the current fiscal year are $600 million behind projections. That leaves lawmakers with a choice that no elected official wants to make in an election year:... Read more

Obamacare’s Employer Mandate Deserves to Disappear

Friday, June 20, 2014, 6:00 AM
The Obama administration has given employers a reprieve from the mandate that they offer their workers insurance at low employee premiums or pay a penalty. As things now stand, enforcement is postponed until 2016. But should the mandate ever come back? Even strong supporters of the Affordable Care... Read more

Our Doctors Are Becoming Technocrats Instead of Healers

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 4:43 PM
A colleague of mine saw two different specialists in another state for a serious problem. Both doctors told her they did not feel comfortable treating her, and both referred her to a very prominent specialist in Philadelphia. She asked me to accompany her, listen carefully and take notes. We went... Read more

How is Health Care Like Baseball? Teamwork Matters

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 6:00 AM
Remember Marcus Welby, M.D.? If you don’t, it’s not surprising. We’ve come a long way from doctors hanging out a shingle and practicing with just one nurse and a receptionist. Back in the days of black and white TV, the doctor did everything, from weighing you to writing down 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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