Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The latest data on Obamacare in Philadelphia: minimal impact so far

Friday, January 29, 2016, 4:00 AM
For the country as a whole, the Affordable Care Act has been successful at decreasing the number of uninsured Americans to a seven-year low. However, according to a recent authoritative survey, the decrease has been much lower in southeastern Pennsylvania. The survey is the Southeastern Pennsylvania... Read more

Look before you leap: How to use hospital ratings

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 6:00 AM
Before I buy a car or appliance, or even choose a restaurant or movie, I check out the ratings and reviews. Your purchase of health care should get the same attention—or more. At least ten different websites list quality and safety ratings for Pennsylvania hospitals. You can and should use this... Read more

No health insurance yet for 2016? Here’s what to do

Monday, January 25, 2016, 4:00 AM
The 2016 Open Enrollment period for individuals and families to choose a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act is quickly coming to a close. While you may not plan on getting hurt or sick this year, these things happen every day. Without health insurance, illness and injury can be devastating... Read more

Want cheap Obamacare insurance? Live in Pennsylvania and avoid New Jersey

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 4:00 AM
Insurance premiums rose across the country this year for policies sold on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, but the increases were uneven. Some states saw much larger price hikes than others. And other costs of coverage, like deductibles and co-payments, also varied greatly. The personal finance... Read more

What my own care taught me about how good health care can be

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 9:00 AM
A number of my past blog posts have criticized medical care in the United States. Actually, I am very proud and honored to be a physician and am glad that my children have followed in my and my husband's footsteps. In this post, I would like to describe instances of superb medical care my family has... Read more

Uninsured in 2016? Coverage might be cheaper than the penalty

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 4:00 AM
Are you among the shrinking number of Americans without health insurance? If so, you could face a hefty penalty in 2016. The cost of going without coverage is $695 or 2.5% of your income, whichever is greater. It will be added to the amount you owe in federal income tax when you file your return for... Read more

To protect yourself from large medical bills, insurance may not be enough

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 4:00 AM
Health insurance used to be the only ticket you needed to gain financial access to health care. It is still vitally important, but for many people, it is no longer enough. High deductibles and co-payments, along with coverage that is limited to narrow networks of providers, can leave patients with... Read more

Four reasons why getting care from a single provider network is better for your health

Sunday, January 3, 2016, 11:22 AM
We love freedom. Our nation was founded on this principle. So it’s natural to want a health plan that gives us the freedom to choose any doctor, hospital or pharmacy. Plans with limited provider network choices are seen as less desirable. However, the better result may come when your choices... Read more

The five most underrated health care developments of 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015, 6:00 AM
Health care stayed at the top of the news in 2015, as it has for the past several years. The Affordable Care Act continued to dominate much of it, although passions surrounding the law seem to have cooled somewhat. But there is a lot more to health care in America than the ACA. Other important developments... Read more

Think your drugs are fully tested for safety? Think again

Monday, December 28, 2015, 6:00 AM
Over the past weeks, we have learned that major companies that make products we trust, like Volkswagen's diesel engines and Takata's air bags, have rigged test results to make their products look cleaner and safer than they really are. Yet, far more widespread manipulation of test results is routinely... Read more
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Do you have a large bill from a provider you didn’t expect? A claim that was denied without explanation? A change in your insurance plan you don’t understand? Do you need help sorting through data on the quality of your doctor or hospital or figuring out what your care will cost?

“Health Cents” will point you toward answers, while also offering insights on government health policy and political debates. Read more about our panel of bloggers here.

This blog is produced in partnership with Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health-policy research and communication organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Portions of this blog may also be found on Inquirer.com and in the Inquirer's Sunday Health Section.

Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Professor, Drexel University Kline School of Law & Dornsife 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 College 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 College 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
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
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