More Health Spending Doesn’t Equal Better Health

The United States spends more per capita on health care than other wealthy nations, but still lags behind in life expectancy and overall population health, according to a new study published in this week’s issue of JAMA. Noting a lack of universal health coverage,  study authors concluded: “High costs with mediocre population health outcomes at […]

war on women’s choice continues

Ohio is just the latest in an increasingly long list of states intent on restricting reproductive freedom for half of its population. Gov. John Kasich signed a budget into law last week that cuts funding to Planned Parenthood, requires doctors to perform transvaginal ultrasounds and prohibits public hospitals from transferring patients to clinics that perform […]

ACA Will Help Self-Employed and Would-be Entrepreneurs

As most regular readers of this blog know, I’m self-employed. Fortunately, I don’t need to worry about health insurance, since I am covered through my husband’s job. However, many are not so lucky, and must purchase a health plan on the open market. For a family of four, that can easily cost close to $20,000 […]

Medicare Essential plan worth considering

A proposed “Medicare Essential” plan, that bundles all parts of Medicare services – hospital, clinician, prescription drug, and commonly purchased supplemental coverage – could save the system $180 billion over the next 10 years while improving care for recipients. According to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public […]

Plan B’s Balancing Act

The FDA’s ruling yesterday allowing the Plan B emergency contraceptive to be sold over the counter to anyone over age 15 naturally has both critics and supporters buzzing today. In a statement, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards called the ruling an “important step forward to expand access to emergency contraception” that will […]