Why Medicaid Matters

One of the most important outcomes of the decision of the century by the Supreme Court affirming the Affordable Care Act is the Medicaid piece of the puzzle.  The Obama healthcare reform law expands Medicaid to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) beginning in 2014.  The intent was to provide access to health care…

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Why is the Law so Unpopular?

There is no question the law does a lot of good things for several key groups, but public opinion remains skeptical about the complicated Affordable Care Act. Many people have not read the bill, including the members of Congress who passed it. Uncertainty about compliance is troublesome to businesses, who fear expansion because many of…

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Why America’s Healthcare System is Broken and 4 Ways to Fix It

The United States spends more than other industrialized nations on healthcare, and in some surveys the USA comes in last place for certain outcomes.  Here is why our system is broken, and four ways to improve health in America that could garner bi-partisan support.

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Sean McGuire was working for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee when the thoughts of health reform began. He is the founder of E.D. Bellis a healthcare consultancy and host of America’s Healthcare Challenge. To hear Sean speak contact info@edbellisinc.com.

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Who is to blame for rising costs?

This article from last week’s Grand Rapids Press gives us several legitimate reasons for rising health care costs in America.  This of course leads to more distrust of the system and cost shifting.  I found the comment about double CT scans at one hospital to be particularly striking.   All of this contributes to an American…

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Who Are the Uninsured?

A person is considered uninsured in America if, for various reasons, they go three months or more without coverage.   Below are some common characteristics to make it easier to determine whether or not an individual is uninsured.  Remember, covering the 46 million uninsured in the U.S. healthcare system was the main focus of the Affordable Care Act.

•Employment is an important variable, particularly when looking at employment by industry, firm size and income of the worker. Seasonal and lower wage companies are less likely to offer insurance.  Employees of small and blue collar workforces are more likely to be uninsured because they likely cannot afford the cost of coverage.  Smaller companies are also less likely to offer insurance.  Coincidentally, these are the same industries facing challenges under this law.

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Sean McGuire was working for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee when the thoughts of health reform began. He is the founder of E.D. Bellis a healthcare consultancy and host of America’s Healthcare Challenge. To hear Sean speak contact info@edbellisinc.com.

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What Your Business Needs to Know

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare means major changes are in store for American business. Now more than ever is the time to prepare before it is too late.  Note that most of these apply to firms with more than 50 Full-Time Equivalents which are calculated at 30 hours per week on average. Here…

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What you need to know

Why Health Reform? Are we getting bang for our health care buck?  The United States spends more per person on health care than any other industrialized country, but this does not lead to better health outcomes. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains controversial and this negative sentiment will likely continue well into the next decade,…

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What You Need For Open Enrollment

We made it to ObamaCare open enrollment despite a government shutdown.  If you are looking for what your coverage options will be in 2014 then check out www.healthcare.gov or continue reading because we were fortunate to have a national expert who was kind enough to contribute a column on this subject.  Katherine Woodfield is America’s first health insurance consumer advocate with impressive knowledge on how insurance works and how to lower costs.

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Sean McGuire was working for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee when the thoughts of health reform began. He is the founder of E.D. Bellis a healthcare consultancy and host of America’s Healthcare Challenge. To hear Sean speak contact info@edbellisinc.com.

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What to Watch for in Second Half of 2015

The Affordable Care Act survived a second appearance in the Supreme Court. The law has officially achieved feline status and appears to have nine lives. Remember this is not the first rodeo for arguably the largest piece of social legislation since the Medicare program.   King v. Burwell will probably be the final legal challenge…

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