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Citizens' Health Care Working Group: Final Recommendations 9-25-06  Editor's Pick

After input from more than 14,000 engaged citizens, the national working group delivered its recommendations to the President. Six recommendations called for immediate action and public policy that all Americans have affordable health care; that quality and efficiency be improved, and end-of-life-care be reformed. In recommending that core health care benefits and services be defined, it shares data that the people think consumers and medical professionals should define these benefits, rather than insurance companies. The group calls for affordable access to health care to be achieved by 2012. Summary and Appendix C (poll results) should be required reading for 2010 Congress and White House staff. Unfortunately the survey left out the question of how to encourage personal responsibility for exercising, eating right, and other healthy behaviors. Still, Editor's Pick

Fact Sheet: Underpayment by Medicare & Medicaid (2014)

Analysis by the American Hospital Association shows that Medicare and Medicaid under-pay the true cost of hospital care by about $51 billion. This cost ends up being borne by other payors and commercial insurance. Using 2014 data, it is estimated Medicare pays 89 cents on the dollar, and Medicaid pays 90. January 2016 report

Federal Exchange Marketplace Average Rate Hikes for 2018

Analysis from Avalere finds that the 2018 exchange market will see silver premiums rise by an average of 34% to $743 per month. Subsidies by the federal govt will also rise to continue to make plans affordable for those with low income. Bronze plans went up 18% to $561 average monthly. Gold plans rose 16%. In Iowa and Nebraska, silver rates topped $1000 per month, up 69% and 42% respectively. Bargains found in Indiana ($515) and North Dakota ($486).

Medical Bills Survey (Medical Debt) KFF-NYTimes

The Burden of Medical Debt: Results from the Kaiser Family Foundation/ New York Times Medical Bills Survey. Data from Sept. 2015. About 1/4 of adults ages 18-64 had difficulty paying household medical bills in the prior 12 months. By insurance status, more than half of the uninsured had medical bill problems, vs 20% of those who were insured. Of those who were insured, 3/4 said the amounts for deductibles, copays and coinsurance were more than they could afford. Published January 2016

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CEO PayWatch Database

Web site by the AFL-CIO permits searches to find CEO compensation in publicly traded companies. Can search by industry sector, such as Health Services (includes for-profit hospital companies), Insurance, and Pharmaceutical industries. Transparency of CEO pay. Easy to use

Medical Cost Advocate

If you need help negotiating your bills, this commercial company will help get the price down. They take 35% of the savings.

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