VBP Has the Chance to Become the MVP
America / Economy / Healthcare / Medicaid / Medicare / U.S. Domestic Policy

VBP Has the Chance to Become the MVP

America has a drug problem that goes well beyond opiates and abuse. Pharmaceutical drug prices have skyrocketed in the last decade and fueled an overall increase in health care costs and spending[1]. The top ten most prescribed medications have all risen more than 50% since 2011, with four out of ten having doubled in cost. … Continue reading

Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Medicaid / Politics

Implementing a Value-Based Healthcare System

Overview As the cost of healthcare rises, the government is pouring money into the current health insurance system to find a way to counteract this rise, and lower costs for patients. Progressive Democrats propose expanding upon the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and implementing a single payer system. The key issue with a single payer system … Continue reading

Demand Greater than Supply; Medicaid Expansion of Mental Health Services
Healthcare / Medicaid / Politics

Demand Greater than Supply; Medicaid Expansion of Mental Health Services

The Affordable Care Act is attempting to bridge the health disparity gap in mental health services of millions of people who were previously uninsured or whose policies did not include mental health coverage before. However, as millions of Americans now gain health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, the reality of the difficulties … Continue reading

Is Medicaid Expansion Something To Be Proud Of?
Affordable Care Act / America / Healthcare / Labor Force / Medicaid / Medicaid Expansion

Is Medicaid Expansion Something To Be Proud Of?

In the State of The Union, President Obama touted that 9 million Americans had received insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Of these 9 million Americans, 3 million enrolled in private insurance plans and 6 million enrolled in Medicaid. But these numbers and their forecasted impact on health care delivery are misleading. First of … Continue reading

Uncertain Healthcare Exemptions to Broken Promises of the ACA
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Medicaid / Medicaid Expansion / Politics

Uncertain Healthcare Exemptions to Broken Promises of the ACA

It has been a week of whirlwind, frustrations, and disappointments for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). To better describe it in the words of Senator Max Baucus (D-MO.), “I just see a huge train wreck coming down.” First of all, there has been speculation that lawmakers and Capitol Hill aids could be exempt from entering … Continue reading