Top Ten For October

With all of the distractions out there sometimes it is just easier to have what you need packaged for  you.  Special thanks to America’s Healthcare Challenge contributor, John Rathouz, aka John the Caddie for disseminating the following articles.  The story of the month has been the exchange roll out.  It is still early, but numerous questions remain.

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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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The Tortoise and the Hare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, is in the third year of implementation and it is approaching crunch time for state governments. This year, one of the biggest challenges looming over 50 capital cities will be what to do about health insurance exchanges.  A health insurance exchange is like an online shopping mall where…

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The Tale of Two ACA’s

The dust is just beginning to settle from a recent and massive decision involving the third largest insurer in America heel turning on ACA exchanges in all but four states. Last week Aetna announced they would be leaving ACA exchanges in nearly 70% of the counties they were currently serving over financial concerns with those…

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The State of Health Reform

President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress last night about the State of the Union.  For those who ever wondered what this means in common terms, the President provides the country an annual update of the United States federal government.  Despite numerous references to his Republican friends, he failed to address the true elephant…

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The Second Best Generation?

If you are having a tough time getting motivated today, you are not alone.  Get used to it, especially if you are under the age of 40. The country is counting on you to do your part in paying forAmerica’s entitlement programs. This column is about your future. You have probably heard of terms like Baby…

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The Latest in Iowa

A busy weekend here in Iowa as six of the seven Republican Presidential Candidates were on location campaigning , and participating in a high stakes ABC News debate in Des Moines.  Health care remains a hot topic, and will continue to be one as we approach the Iowa Caucus and subsequent primaries.  Most of the…

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The IRS Under Fire

Everybody’s favorite agency of the federal government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is under Congressional investigation and has the lowest approval rating and perception of trust in its 100-year existence.   The White House is dealing with a tri-fecta of scandals at the moment and this one has serious staying power.  The public has always been skeptical of this agency and this investigation will need to provide some clarity or the scandal will be exacerbated.

The accusation is unfair targeting of 501-C (4) political organizations based on political belief by exclusively targeting words like tea party or patriot in applications.   The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing last week and heads have already rolled.  The old commissioner was relieved of duty two months before they were scheduled to retire and the new boss was already been up on Capitol Hill answering questions.

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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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The impact of ACA Medicare Cuts.

A popular Republican talking point during the debate of the health reform legislation was that the Affordable Care Act cuts Medicare.  Specifically, Part C of the program which is commonly referred to as Medicare Advantage which covers approximately one in every four Medicare Beneficiaries.  The policy brief below from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood…

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