Assessing health reform in the wake of Black Sunday

“Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation,” writes John McCain in an article in Contingencies magazine, dated September/October 2008. His article is entitled, Better Care […]

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Cutting the cord on phones: implications for health

Over 20 million American households are now wireless-only when it comes to phone connections. Nielsen’s paper, Call My Cell: Wireless Substitution in the United States, quantifies the growth of households who are abandoning landline phones in favor of wireless. Nielsen attributes the recent growth in this untethered segment to home economics, where the average landline […]

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Employee health and productivity — a growth segment

If employers got their collective hands on Aladdin’s lamp, they’d wish for: Increased employee accountability Reduced health risks Tailored health management programs that account for risk Health data and measurement tools that feed into analytics and outcomes measures, and Integrated and well-managed benefits and programs. These wishes are brought to you by Hewitt Associates’ 2008 […]

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Half of Americans struggle to stay healthy

A lack of time and rising costs are obstacles to Americans getting healthy, according to Amway‘s Global Wellness Index.This project joins a growing roster of “indices” that seek to measure Americans’ health and wellbeing. One example in this space is the Gallup-Healthways Index that I wrote about here in Health Populi on March 13, 2008.This […]

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We Want Our ERISA, say corporate execs

Corporate executives are concerned about three main issues when it comes to health care: 1. Maintaining ERISA’s national standards, 2. Focusing on health care quality and cost, and3. Worrying about negative impacts of changing tax treatment for employer health benefits.The Miller & Chevalier/American Benefits Council Corporate Health Care Policy Forecast surveyed American employers in August […]

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