Posts Tagged ‘Obamacare’

Access to Care Matters for Obesity and Diabetes

April 2, 2015 — We are constantly hearing about obesity and the growing burden of chronic diseases that come from it. So with more than a third of the U.S. population already affected by obesity, it makes sense that access to care to prevent or slow the progression of chronic diseases resulting from obesity is urgently needed. By the […]

Will Wellness Kill Obamacare?

December 19, 2014 — Will wellness kill Obamacare? Some observers are fretting that unless HR departments get to bypass concerns of the EEOC about discriminatory wellness programs, then “the whole point of the Affordable Care Act” will be subverted. The Business Roundtable — an organization of big business CEOs — is hopping mad that the EEOC has sued Honeywell because […]

Will the New Surgeon General Be an Obesity Activist?

December 18, 2014 — The new Surgeon General of the United States, Vivek Murthy, told the senators in his confirmation hearing that obesity will be a signature issue for his four-year term. The nature of the confirmation process  demands that a nominee say as little as possible. The nomination dragged on for a year mainly because he was on record prior to his nomination […]

Going to Walmart for Tube Socks and Healthcare

October 11, 2014 — If you have any doubt about how fast healthcare is changing, consider this: Walmart plans to be the number one healthcare provider in the industry. Earlier this year, Walmart opened a half-dozen of their own convenient care clinics in Texas and South Carolina stores. Six more are on their way to opening before the end of […]

How to Penalize Pre-Existing Conditions under Obamacare

June 1, 2014 — Health insurance penalties for pre-existing conditions are supposed to be a thing of the past under the Affordable Care Act (the ACA or Obamacare). And things are clearly much better for people who used to be all but uninsurable because of a pre-existing condition. Even so, ingenious insurers are finding ways to make people pay extra […]

Doctors Get the Final Say on Wellness

May 29, 2014 — Under regulations for employer wellness programs, doctors get the final say on wellness. This key point floats to the top of a lengthy point-counterpoint discussion just published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Both Morgan Downey and John Cawley seem to agree that the provisions for employer wellness programs under the Affordable Care […]

NEW: USPSTF Recommends Obesity Treatment for Heart Risk

May 13, 2014 — The USPSTF (Unites States Preventative Services Task Force) has published yet another recommendation for obesity treatment — in draft form. The recommendation is behavioral counseling for people with heart disease risk and excess weight or obesity. Dietitians and other weight management professionals, take note. This will create yet more opportunities to help people with excess weight […]

Moving Target: Obesity Coverage Under the ACA

March 14, 2014 — Obesity coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has improved somewhat, but it’s a bit of a moving target says Obesity Society advisor, Ted Kyle, in a recent interview with the San Diego Union Tribune: The good news is that all health plans now have to cover intensive behavioral treatment for anyone with obesity. But […]

Someone Please Tell Healthcare That Obama’s Destroying It

March 9, 2014 — Someone should tell healthcare that Obama is destroying it. In the four years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in March, 2010, the value of investments in the U.S. healthcare industry has grown by more than 100%, outpacing the total U.S. equities market, which has done pretty well itself. The trend accelerated in […]

Three Ways You’ll Pay More for Healthcare in 2014

December 21, 2013 — Cheery statistics about healthcare cost trends are nice, but it’s becoming clear that you’ll pay more for healthcare out of pocket in 2014. Employers are continuing to experiment with cost shifting as a strategy to make people more thoughtful about their healthcare choices. Here are three ways your out of pocket costs will mount in […]