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Hospitals Have to Limit Liens and Lawsuits

 Houston      Two twin sisters in Knoxville, Tennessee both became nurses and when they retired, they organized something called Love’s Kitchen that provided meals and clothes to what they called the “five H’s: the hungry, homeless, helpless, hopeless, and homebound.”  One sister, Ellen Turner, passed away recently at 87.  The whole operation was funded by donations and run […]

Narrow Networks Prove Price, not Choice, Rules Healthcare Decisions

New Orleans          It’s becoming increasingly obvious that deep down without being willing to admit it, Americans are voting with their feet on the issue of health care and the tally is showing that their real preference would probably be the British National Health Service.  Now, there’s no likelihood of that happening of course but narrow […]

Public Subsidies of Low Wages

New Orleans      The Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California has released a report looking at many federal and state subsidies directed at relief for lower income Americans.  All good.  What they found though is that a huge percentage of this kind of support is not in Republican ideological terms, […]

Affordable Care Act Gap Hits Black and Hispanic Adults the Hardest

New Orleans    I’m not going to say that we’re not making progress because enrollment under the Affordable Care Act continues to increase despite opposition.  On the other hand there is no way not to be disappointed and outraged about the millions of uninsured adults that are caught in the gap between politicians and good […]

Blue Cross Loses Its State Tax Exemption in California

Little Rock     The state of California in an unusual and precedent setting move withdrew the state tax exempt status of Blue Cross Blue Shield of California.  The Los Angeles Times said they did so “quietly,” but trust  me on this one, their action will reverberate with a loud roar  throughout the soft chairs and well-appointed […]

Uneven Results in North Carolina Indicate that New Nonprofit Hospital Rule Might Work

New Orleans   A combination of factors has curbed some, but not all, of the appetite for nonprofit hospitals’ frenzy of legal actions against lower income families in North Carolina, giving hope that the new Affordable Care Act restrictions against draconian collection practices might actually be effective.

We have been following closely whether or not nonprofit hospitals […]