How We Are Working to Fund the Future of Children's Health Care
A friend once told me that the difference between Democrats and Republicans is that one likes to tax and spend and the other likes to spend and borrow. Obviously reduced spending is critical regardless of the source of funding. Americans are adamantly opposed to higher taxes and our current debt has exceeded our capacity to cover it.
Some of the most significant and potentially impactful changes created in the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (PPACA) center around insurance reforms. Insurance companies will be precluded from imposing lifetime limits on coverage, there will be no exclusions based on pre-existing conditions, the doughnut hole for Medicare prescription drugs will be filled, there will be no annual limits on and coverage of preventative services and no cancellation of insurance coverage when someone becomes sick.
Healthcare Reform: My View
Over the last few weeks I have been asked to explain the implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) that President Obama just signed into law, particularly as it relates to children, Children's Hospital Colorado, and the pediatric physician provider community.
Report from NACHRI: Pediatric Specialists Growing Scarce Nationwide
On January 13, the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) released the results of its 2009 survey on the supply of pediatric specialists.
Who's Really for Kids and Who's Really Just Kidding?
“Who’s for Kids and Who is just Kidding” is a popular refrain heard from Children’s Hospitals around the country during a presidential campaign. Advocates for children’s health attempt to differentiate politicians who kiss babies and espouse family values during campaigns but whose actions are contradictory to their words. Such is the case with President Bush’s recent veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill and failure of the House to override it.