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Volume 7, Number 45
November 17, 2010


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Temporary Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans Seek More Applicants

Scott Harrington, Medical Progress Today, 11-17-10

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's (PPACA) highly touted temporary high risk plans (offering coverage to uninsured people with pre-existing conditions) are off to a very slow start indeed. Advocates for the legislation argued that the pools would help millions of people with pre-existing conditions who couldn't obtain health insurance in current markets at less than astronomical rates, if at all. But, as announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on November 5 and discussed a week later in a Wall Street Journal editorial, only 8,011 people had enrolled in the new high risk plans as of November 1. The meager enrollment figures are bad news for Democrats and good news for taxpayers and proponents' of replacing the PPACA with market-oriented reforms.
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News

· Medical Device Recalls and the FDA Approval Process, Zuckerman, D. M., Brown, P., Nissen, S. E., Archives of Internal Medicine, 6-14-11
· Patent Reform Gets Key Support in House, Julian Pecquet, The Hill, 6-14-11
· $4.3 Billion Pledged at Vaccine Fund-Raiser, Donald G. McNeil Jr., New York Times, 6-13-2011
· Physicians Leaving Practices for health System Employment, Karen Cheung, FierceHealthcare, 6-13-11

More Headlines >>


Commentary

· Marco Rubio takes on 'Medi-scare' Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post, 6-13-11
· 'Vouchercare' Is the Right Name for Medicare Laurence Kotlikoff, Bloomberg, 6-15-11
· Built To Fail: Health Insurance Exchanges Under The Affordable Care Act
· Can Exchanges Help Consumers Get Good Value Insurance? Depends On Where You Live Sabrina Corlette, Kaiser Health News, 6-15-11
· The ObamaCare Bad News Continues Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal, 6-16-11
· ObamaCare's Economic Flaws Doug Holtz-Eakin, Investor's Business Daily, 6-8-11

More Commentary >>


Research

· Why States Are So Miffed about Medicaid ó Economics, Politics, and the "Woodwork Effect", Benjamin D. Sommers et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 6-15-11
· Auditing Access to Specialty Care for Children with Public Insurance, Joanna bisgaier et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 6-16-11
· Moving Beyond Fee-For-Service: The Case for Managed Care in Medicaid, Michael Ramlet and Carey Lafferty, American Action Forum, 6-14-11
· The New Gold Rush: Prospectors are Hoping to Mine Opportunities in the Healthcare Industry, Health Research Institute, PricewatershouseCoopers, 6-14-11
· Active Purchasing for Health Insurance Exchanges: An Analysis of Options, Sabrina Corlette and JoAnn Volk, RWJF, 6-14-11

More Research>>



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SPOTLIGHT

Temporary Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans Seek More Applicants

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Podcast Series


Steven Parente is a finance and insurance professor in the University of Michigan Carlson School of Management, he talks to Paul Howard about high risk pools and insurance exchanges under Obamacare.
Click here to listen to the podcast.

"The notion of a high risk pool right now actually may be somewhat weakened because COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) hasnít gone away yet, or at least the subsidies are still out there for folks, so if you have a pre-existing condition and youíve been let go of your job, thereís still a vehicle for you, at least until the end of the year until that subsidy goes away. . .once that goes away and you have nothing, the high risk pools will become a lot more attractive."
—Steven Parente

 


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