Is the Health Insurance industry heading on a ‘death march’?

This is not surprising, given the political realities of passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to begin with. North Carolina and all states that touch it made the decision to dispense with expanded Medicaid, even though it was paid for in the first 3 years of its existence. Their excuses are very lame and politically motivated, but that is life. As for this author, the choice of passable healthcare should not be determined by geography in the United States of America.

The health insurance industry has been undergoing tremendous reforms in recent years due to new federal regulations including the Affordable Care Act.

Source: Is the Health Insurance Industry Heading on a ‘Death March?’

Florida: Teachers are leaving in droves due to low salaries, testing, mandates

I was just having this conversation about the teaching profession with a loved one. Part of the my post-graduate educational experience involved teaching and learning type classes @ Ashford University. Now when I take this information in a per-application discussion with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools I might has well be from outer space. That in a nutshell is part of the problem (not that I would have gotten the job anyway, but it’s like, why bother). As in some of the comments should you read that far, this is not limited to Florida. North Carolina don’t value teachers either, and the local district linked above is one of the higher paying ones.

Wake up, Florida! Years of so-called “reform” are driving out teachers and principals. Can you have good education of you can’t hold on to successful teachers? The Orlando Sentinel reports on the crisis level exodus from teaching: Noah David Lein has always loved teaching. And if you believe the state of […]

Providers collect more revenue due to ACA Medicaid expansion

What really gets me is that the economics is cut and dried, but dislike for the current President trumps reason. That is the only way I can explain this. Now we have proof that should quiet the doubters, that is if they open their mind.

Due to Medicaid expansion, low income populations with coverage have less unpaid non-medical bills that they owe to collection agencies.

State Medicaid expansion should reduce ER visits

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This would seem to be a no-brainer to me, but what do I know? I am not in government. If you are North or South Carolina, as an elected body, the hate for the “player” i.e. President Barack Obama has overshadowed the hate for the “game” i.e. Obamacare/ACA. The state will pay for everyone’s healthcare at some point. It would seem to be cheaper to keep them out of Carolinas Medical Center ER as the most costs are borne there.

‘The Affordable Care Act called on for Medicaid expansion among the 50 states.


UPDATE 3/10/2020 Since this story was first published years ago. North & South Carolina continues to avoid Medicaid Expansion

Tech can help the elderly…if they use it

It is nice to see that the AARP generation, of which I am a part of, is getting some attention in the tech community. However, with other mundane issues involving healthcare such as the lack of expansion of Medicaid in certain states, including the state I live in (NC) and all that touch it, this is all a moot point because when the premiums and deductibles are not afforded, Medicare in NC is only good to keep the Affordable Care Act penalties away. That doesn’t help anyone, but TPTB could care less because they “got theirs”, want more, and have no concern for those not so fortunate.

A growing number of apps and devices are designed to help manage care of older patients, but the nagging reality is that they’re going unused. At least for now.