American Health Care Act – the Aftermath

American Health Care Act – the Aftermath

I was really surprised that the Republicans were unable to find compromise in their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. My belief was that there was too much at stake for the GOP and they would find a way to make it happen. After all, they campaigned on repeal and replace for over 7… [Read More]

Making Healthcare Sausage

Making Healthcare Sausage

The political process is a lot like making sausage. And healthcare is no exception. Generally, a bill is first introduced in the House where a majority vote is required for passage. Once the bill passes the House, it goes to the Senate where it can be passed as introduced (which requires a majority). It can also be… [Read More]

Got Business Travel Accident Coverage?

Got Business Travel Accident Coverage

In this day and age, technology is capable of bringing together bright minds from opposite sides of the globe – but sometimes web-based meetings just aren’t enough to make a real connection. Travel can be an integral part of maintaining business relationships and while most companies agree they should provide additional benefits and support to… [Read More]

American Health Care Act Progress

American Health Care Act Progress

It’s no surprise that the battle to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a tough one. It was moving along quite nicely until early this week when the Congressional Budget Office released their scoring. And boom…a brick wall. The GOP was quick to grasp on the $337 billion in budget savings over 10 years while… [Read More]

Good News – the Stop Loss Market Is Vibrant

Good News – the Stop Loss Market Is Vibrant

Uncertainty and frustration abound in the healthcare market today, especially with all of the brewing legislative changes and tension over the market’s response. On the employer-sponsored plan side of things the challenge to improve affordability goes on as well – but you can only make so many plan design changes to keep up. High deductible… [Read More]

Details of the American Health Care Act

5-2-16 An Exciting Day in Washington

The following is a more detailed overview of the Ryan ACA repeal bill. Premium subsidies would be eliminated in 2020. For 2018 and 2019 the law: expands the premium tax credit to “catastrophic-only,” qualified health plans and certain qualified plans not offered through an exchange. Premium tax credits would not be available to plans covering elective… [Read More]

Is the AHCA Shifting the Deck Chairs on the Titanic?

Is Trumpcare Shifting the Deck Chairs on the Titanic

The healthcare news wires are ablaze this week with the introduction of Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Led by Speaker Paul Ryan, he pledged that the bill would “drive down costs, encourage competition and give every American access to quality, affordable health insurance.” As a budget reconciliation bill, only items impacting revenue… [Read More]

Future is Now: Healthcare Delivery Systems

Future is Now Healthcare Delivery Systems

Two years ago I was out to lunch with a well-regarded industry colleague and I asked him his thoughts on the next cost mitigation “silver bullet” for employers who had already adopted high deductible plans. His answer was provider-directed initiatives like bundled payments and value-based contracting. That future is now here and innovators in the… [Read More]

Healthcare is No Comedy

Healthcare is No Comedy

I looked back to my November 9th, 2016 blog – yes, the day after the election. And then I reread President Trump’s powerful speech to Congress this week. Our president, it seems, really knows how to stay on track. He says exactly what he thinks over and over again and then tries to get it… [Read More]

#TheSelfieGeneration: America’s Largest Workforce

TheSelfieGeneration America s Largest Workforce

As a millennial myself, I’m aware of the stereotypes placed on my generation all too well – we’re impatient, entitled, insecure and self-absorbed. We tend to be overly ambitious to move up in our careers (even if it means job hopping in search of a more meaningful position). We seek validation and expect “participation trophies”… [Read More]