DATA DATA EVERYWHERE and WHAT IS ONE TO THINK?

Data may represent estimates based upon varying definitions and reliability, as well as reflect poor regulatory enforcement. Two recent examples are: 

In the ongoing series "Second Opinion," Trudy Lieberman tackled the Medicare data dump about $77 billion in Medicare payments in her piece "Medicare isn't doing its own 'truth checking' Why?" Posted at Columbia Journalism Review on 7-9-14, Lieberman gives a shout-out to ProPublica for their series "Examining Medicare." She also takes ProPublica to task for focusing on low-hanging fruit, instead of informing the public about what the data mean and don't mean.  LEARN MORE.

A recent analysis ranks Oregon 2nd among states for the largest drop in the uninsured rate of adults and for the most new Medicaid enrollees per capita, and 5th for reducing the number of uninsured under the Affordable Care Act. Wallet-Hub analyzes insurance data for consumers and small businesses. They found estimates of the previously uninsured who signed up for private health insurance varied from 28% to 87%, with the Kaiser Family Foundation figure of 57% the most accurate. Inserted in the article are opinions from academia and think tanks about the uninsured and misconceptions about the ACA.  LEARN MORE in John Kiernan's article "Rates of Uninsured by State Before & After Obamacare" posted on Wallet Hub as their 2014 Report on Health Insurance Coverage.

Posted on July 11, 2014 .