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Why We Must Re-frame the Health Care Debate for Young People

Consumer Power Report #470 Since 2014, when most health insurance requirements established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were fully implemented, the cost of health insurance has increased for every significant demographic. According to a study by HealthPocket, Inc., average monthly premiums for U.S. women age 30 increased 35 percent from 2013 to the end of 2014. Men of the same age saw premiums rise a whopping 73 percent. Many older Americans also witnessed significant cost bumps for...

EHRs Could Offer Benefits, But Security Concerns Remain

Since the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act in 2009, doctors and medical practices treating Medicare and Medicaid patients have been under orders by the federal government to implement electronic health records (EHRs). Those failing to use EHRs risk having their reimbursement rates reduced. The Centers for Disease Control indicates some 78 percent of office-based physicians were using some version of an electronic records system in 2013, with 48...

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