Health insurance coverage remains stable…but don't break out the champagne just yet

In 2007, the percentage of people in the U.S. with health insurance increased to 82.8%, up from 82.1% in 2006. This increase in the insured resulted from growth in enrollment in government insurance programs — namely, Medicaid. The proportion of Americans with employer-based plans was stable between 2006 and 2007 at 62.2%. These statistics were […]

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What will American health care look like in 2012?

Major national health reform between 2008 and 2012, the next Presidential election, may take a back seat to many issues: The Economy, financial services bailouts, oil prices, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and as a wild card, Georgia?), among other front-burner challenges facing the U.S. Based on the latest Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll into […]

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Mercer predicts higher health costs in 2009–especially for consumers

Health benefit costs will increase in 2009 by just under 6%. This would be a slightly slower rate compared with the past several years, according to Mercer, the benefits consulting firm that calculated health cost growth of about 6% each year since 2005. Mercer’s finding that health benefits costs are slowing down next year echoes […]

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Health clarity: addressing health literacy

We live in the era of sound-bites and attention-deficit (and I speak for myself as well as for my fellow citizens). That’s a bad thing for our health. Two news stories illustrate the challenge of health literacy and health outcomes: for kids, and for older adults. Parents and those who care for kids make lots […]

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Bureaucrats pay half the deductibles that construction workers do

73.3 million Americans are enrolled in employer-sponsored health insurance. Two in 3 of these enrollees were in a plan that required them to meet an annual deductible. The average annual deductible for a single insured was $682 in 2006, and $1,300 for a family deductible.The lowest deductibles were paid by people working in state and […]

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