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 […]

Coal Projects Busting Globally

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New York City     Some of the more interesting reports at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) training and finance conference were from some of the activist global trackers of the coal industry.  Here’s the short summary:  the coal dudes are going down!

Christine Shearer of the Sierra Club’s Coalswarm Project laid […]

Hardball on Disproportionate Share Might Equal State Expanded Medicaid

New Orleans    When the archly conservative National Journal asks whether the Obama Administration is preparing to play hardball with Florida over $1 billion in Medicaid funding that is set to expire later this year for “disproportionate share,” the heart quickens as people, meaning most rational and sentient beings, committed to better health care for all, […]

Lessons Learned: Chasing Moksha VII

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New Orleans       The filming inside our house ended after three days of chaos when the company and crew finished after two nights of shooting until 4 and 5 AM in the morning.   The dressing crew returned to put Humpty-Dumpty back together again, and, surprisingly, seemed to be doing a solid, competent […]

Cleaning Medical Debt Off of Credit Reports

New Orleans       The New York State Attorney General Eric Sneidermann announced a settlement with three of the largest credit reporting agency, TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian, and for a change this actually looks like – with work – a big win for consumers.

The companies have agreed to replace their useless, robot-friendly, computerized, offshore operation with […]

Occupy Movie Shoot: Chasing Moksha VI

New Orleans      It turned out that we “hadn’t seen nothing yet!”  We may have thought a half-dozen people running around setting the scenes, moving furniture, painting, putting up wallpaper, replacing the pictures of our children on the mantle with pictures of fake children on the mantle, was all right at the edge of way too […]