TCF fellow Harold Pollack analyzes for Wonkblog the Institute of Medicine's new report, "Delivering high-quality cancer care: charting a new course for a system in crisis." The IOM's recommendations, Pollack writes, "are so obvious and yet would be so difficult to execute in our high-tech but unwieldy, costly and fragmented health-care delivery system."
"The IOM makes plain that our cancer care system is particularly poorly organized to properly care for people with advanced cancers."
Research from policy associate Benjamin Landy made its way to the Huffington Post this week to showcase the links between household income, health insurance, and poverty. Richard (RJ) Eskow, writer and senior fellow at the Campaign for America's Future, discusses this further:
"We're inundated with economic numbers every day, so let's just consider that one figure for a moment: Seven thousand dollars. Actually, the statistics tell us that the figure for your household is probably even larger than that. The average under-65 household in the United States has lost $7,490 in annual income since the year 2000, according to 2012 census data."
TCF fellow Harold Pollack quoted in The Reporter, a local Pennsylvania news outlet, on the problems people will face if they are ineligible for Medicaid and cannot afford subsidies. “This is a perverse situation where people may have to break rules to get health care coverage that the law intended to provide them,” Pollack says in reference to the possibility that applicants will overestimate their incomes.
TCF fellow Harold Pollack for Washington Monthly on the health reform proposal offered last week by health policy experts at the American Enterprise Institute. "The AEI authors," Pollack writes, "don’t say much about the legal, regulatory, and competitive realities of how an overtly risk-rated insurance system would actually function."
TCF fellow Harold Pollack for WonkBlog at The Washington Post on the national problem of poor access to dental care. In response to the National Bureau of Economic Research paper “The effect of Medicaid payment rates on access to dental care among children,” Pollack observes that since "dentists’ willingness to participate in Medicaid isn’t very sensitive to reimbursement rates, moving Medicaid rates closer to parity with private providers would be somewhat costly, yet would not greatly increase children’s use of dental services."
If you’re not familiar with Robert Reich, you should be. A Berkeley professor and former U.S. secretary of labor under President Clinton, Reich is an expert on the effects of America’s growing inequality and a preeminent voice advocating for middle-out economics.READ MORE
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