Hospitals spend more NOT to treat the uninsured

According to the New York Times, some hospitals are experimenting with offering free preventive care to the uninsured--with the result that they're saving money on uncompensated ER visits. New York's Health and Hospitals Corporation has a campaign of its own, encouraging people to bring their children to...

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Duane Reade prescription discount

Duane Reade

Members of Freelancers Union can now get 10% to 40% off prescriptions at Duane Reade pharmacies or using their mail order services.

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Working for a living---or for health insurance

According to an article in today's New York Times, more and more workers are delaying retirement in order to keep their health benefits. Frankly, we're not surprised. How many freelancers, we wonder, formerly stayed in jobs they didn't love simply for the health coverage?

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Does "all Americans" exclude independent workers?

Today in Slate, Jacob S. Hacker critiques "Medicare for All," the Democrats' latest health-care proposal. Hacker, author of The Great Risk Shift, generally impresses us with his insights on the failures of our current system.

The Great Risk Shift

This time, though, we take issue with his analysis. Hacker proposes a revision of Medicare...

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The failings of the individual insurance market

Most of our members already know what's wrong with the individual insurance market: it's incredibly expensive. (Just as an example, here in New York State, the types of plans Freelancers Union offers would cost about three times as much for an individual buying directly from an insurance company...

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Note from Sara: Commonwealth Fund slams HSAs---for all the wrong reasons

The Commonwealth Fund has testified in Congress against high deductible health plans.  Of course, they're right when they say we should all have the choice to see any doctor we want for anything we need. 
 
But the Commonwealth Fund's main objection to HSAs (Health Savings Accounts) is off...

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Health care and disposable income

Following an earlier article about health expenses as an increasing proportion of the GDP, the New York Times has a piece today that defends the rising cost. David Leonhardt writes that while we're spending more per person per year ($5,500 more, in real dollars, since 1950), we're...

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Raising the age limit on dependent coverage

An article in yesterday's New York Times examines how people in their 20s are staying on their parents' insurance plans long after they've left home and finished college. In fact, some states are passing laws to allow adults up to the age of 30 to piggyback on their...

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How to pick insurance (for musicians)

The Future of Music Coalition has launched a program to help musicians pick an insurance plan. It's called HINT, for Health Insurance Navigation Tool. (We heard about it via Pitchfork Media.) You can make an appointment to have a phone conversation with a real person--an insurance expert who'll...

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PPI: Census data spell doom & gloom

Yesterday, the Progressive Policy Institute acknowledged that the social safety net is "no longer catching Americans losing health benefits." (This follows the release of the new census data.) The PPI points to the high cost of coverage as the problem, saying, " The nation saw an upward spiral of costs and...

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