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The Holy Grail of Health Insurance Alternatives

Consumer Power Report #505 May 11, 2016 Welcome to the Consumer Power Report. As health insurance costs grow and provider networks shrink, more Americans are turning to a cost-effective alternative to traditional third-party insurers, despite the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) mandate that those who can afford to purchase health insurance do so. Unlike other federal mandate dodgers in U.S. history, a growing number of insurance dodgers are dodging in full compliance with the law. These are budget-...

Liberalism Will Never Fix Our Broken Health Care System

Consumer Power Report #504 In a May 2 op-ed for The New York Times, Richard Scheffler, a professor at the University of California-Berkeley, and Sherry Glied, a professor at New York University, acknowledge the Affordable Care Act’s failure to create a competitive health insurance marketplace. “The architects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) counted on competition in the health insurance market to keep costs down and quality high,” wrote Scheffler and Glied. “While the law has accomplished many...

Vermont Patient-Monitoring App Has Massive Potential

Consumer Power Report #503 Boston-based PatientPing has developed a new application that helps doctors monitor their patients’ activities at other health care facilities, an innovation some are saying could help lower costs and improve patient care. PatientPing notifies a patient’s primary care physician when he or she has been admitted to a hospital, emergency room, or nursing care facility that is part of the national PatientPing network. It also allows doctors to see when patients are...

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