March 3, 2014 |
The Affordable Care Act is changing more than the way Americans buy health insurance. It's making it simpler for unhappily married couples to uncouple. Word is starting to spread among family law attorneys that in the post-ACA era, health insurance isn't the binder it once was for holding bad marriages together. With more options available on the market and preexisting conditions no longer an issue, people once reluctant to divorce for fear of losing health insurance coverage would do well to reconsider.
February 20, 2014 |
As millions of policyholders learned late last year that their health insurance was being canceled, recriminations began to fly. Who was to blame? Was it incompetent, devious Democrats intent on soaking the rich, or menacing Republican saboteurs taking time out from their relentless war on women to take away health care from the poor? Then a new and seemingly soothing narrative emerged. It was sagely suggested that policymakers always understood there would be winners and losers, and anyway, this was all in the service of making health care better in America.
February 17, 2014 |
It was just past 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and all the screens in Bonnell Hall's BG 25 computer lab at Community College of Philadelphia were alight with the blue-hued healthcare.gov home page. But the only people in the room for the scheduled Affordable Care Act workshop were Health Federation of Philadelphia certified application counselors Daniel Flynn and Gracie Chang, and navigator Hannah Sendolo. Where were the students? OK, it was early by college standards, and so cold that ducks were wearing goose down.
February 12, 2014
Merited lawyering The political pandering over the nomination of Debo Adegbile to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division is tiring. Adegbile's critics complain that he argued that there was racial discrimination at work in jury selection for Mumia Abu-Jamal's trial. The federal court briefs in the case show that the prosecutor struck African American prospective jurors at 3.6 times the rate that he struck whites, and that the odds of a black person's being struck by the prosecutor was 10 times higher than that of someone who was white.
February 11, 2014 |
One of the best arguments for health-insurance reform is that our traditional employer-based system often locked people into jobs they wanted to leave but couldn't because they feared they wouldn't be able to get affordable coverage elsewhere. This worry was pronounced for people with preexisting conditions, but not limited to them. Consider families with young children in which one of the parents would like to get out of the formal labor market for a while to take care of the kids. In the old system, the choices of such couples were constrained if only one of the two received employer-provided family coverage.
February 9, 2014 |
Anastasia Gelashvilli wanted to get to her taxes done when she walked into the Campaign for Working Families at 1207 Chestnut St. on Tuesday. And she left several hours later with a finished return. But the 25-year-old woman from Northeast Philadelphia also came away with an appointment with an Affordable Care Act navigator to buy health insurance. "My income isn't that high to get medical insurance," said Gelashvilli, 25, a recent Russian immigrant who works full-time in a family-owned clothing shop downtown.
February 8, 2014 |
TRENTON Lawmakers and health-care advocates urged the Christie administration Thursday to develop a proposal to use $7.6 million in federal funds to market the new health-care law before the state loses the money this month. New Jersey has until Feb. 20 to submit a plan for how to use the grant, which the Department of Health and Human Services originally provided in February 2012 to support establishment of a state-operated health insurance marketplace. Gov. Christie opted instead to let the federal government set up the exchange, and since then his administration has been negotiating with the Obama administration about how else to use the money.
February 3, 2014
For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. - Shakespeare If one trait exemplifies what some call American exceptionalism, it's the ability of this nation's people to be optimistic no matter what tragedy or disappointment is heaped upon their plates. But polls suggest the Great Recession and its aftermath have done what the Great Depression could not: turn us into a nation of pessimists. Even amid clear signs of economic recovery, many - moved more by politics than facts - don't believe the future will be better.
January 26, 2014 |
Janice Churchill went to Bright Hope Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Day to proclaim the word. Not the one preached on Sunday. The word about the Affordable Care Act. "I am one of those people who didn't have insurance," said Churchill, 54, a home health aide who had been uninsured for three years until she bought a plan on the ACA marketplace. "It's great, just great that I have insurance. " Churchill was at Bright Hope on Monday to help launch a four-state initiative - in Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, and Texas - aimed at increasing ACA awareness in the African American, Latino, and gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT]
January 25, 2014
Any familiarity with New Jersey government might lead one to wonder if corruption and waste lurk under every proverbial rock in the Garden State. Thanks to Matthew Boxer, the inaugural state comptroller, we don't have to wonder anymore. Boxer, who left the office upon the expiration of his term last week, lifted a lot of rocks over the preceding six years. His office collected enough reports of money squandered, rules broken, and favors given to startle a cynic. Moreover, his investigators followed up to ensure that problems were actually addressed.