Smooth Sailing from Here On Out, Right?
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Politics

Smooth Sailing from Here On Out, Right?

This past Saturday (November 15, 2014) marked the beginning of the open enrollment period for 2015 Affordable Care Act plans. All indications are that this year’s enrollment period is functioning much smoother than last year’s, which is good for the administration. The national website has functioned much better than last year and a majority of … Continue reading

The Grim Gruber
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Politics

The Grim Gruber

Jonathan Gruber is a prominent economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T). He was thrown into the national spotlight this week when a video of him speaking at an academic conference surfaced. The footage displays Gruber dealing judgments about the lack of transparency and voter ignorance that he and the Obama Administration took … Continue reading

Death Wish: Dying with Dignity
Aging / America / Culture / Healthcare / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

Death Wish: Dying with Dignity

Just seven years ago, “aid in dying” or “assisted suicide,” was illegal throughout the United States with the exception of Oregon. Today, five additional states have passed “death with dignity” bills that allow terminally ill patients to choose to die with the help of their physician. Many praise this legislation for allowing patients who are … Continue reading

California’s Proposition 45: Why it Failed and Its Indictment on the Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / healthcare premiums / Politics

California’s Proposition 45: Why it Failed and Its Indictment on the Affordable Care Act

Tuesday (November 4) was a big day for the Republican Party, gaining seven seats in the Senate giving them control of both chambers of Congress. In all of the excitement about the momentum change in federal politics, there was a proposition being voted on in California that went relatively unnoticed when it should not have. … Continue reading

The Future of Consumer Health Technology
Healthcare / Politics

The Future of Consumer Health Technology

Companies like Google, Apple, and even Facebook are betting that health is the next frontier for technology.  Having already revolutionized other industries, technological innovations could soon do the same for healthcare.  Currently, however, little is available that has not been around for years.  Heart rate monitors, pedometers, and dieting guides are all old technologies that … Continue reading

How Will the IMPACT Act Impact Hospice Care?
Aging / Healthcare / Politics

How Will the IMPACT Act Impact Hospice Care?

President Obama signed the IMPACT Act into law on October 6. The law had overwhelming bipartisan support and will bring increased federal oversight to hospice programs across the country.  The legislation mainly addresses how nursing homes, rehab-centers, and home health agencies assess and report data on quality and other measures. However, buried in the new law … Continue reading