HEALTH CARE INSURES MORE WHILE COST REMAINS HIGH

The Center for Public Integrity has posted two informative articles on health care this month. The first piece by Wendell Potter, "Obamacare helps millions, but falls short in many ways," on 10-6-14, notes that The Affordable Care Act (ACA) now covers about 10 million people previously uninsured. Insurers can not use more than 20% of premiums for overhead and profits. Yet, the U.S. spends more per capita on health care than any other country, and narrow networks of providers have made a comeback. LEARN MORE  

The second piece by Fred Schulte, "A call for more scrutiny of private Medicare Advantage plans," on 10-15-14, addresses upcoding the health risk score of patients. This practice raises  payments to insurers. Two insurers command 40% of the Medicare Advantage market. LEARN MORE