Imagine 17 students—all from the same school—suddenly dropping dead from a mysterious infectious disease. It’s a good bet that Congress would somehow produce research funds to prevent that horror from ever re-occurring. Not so with gun violence. For the past 22 years, CDC research on gun violence has been halted. […]

Research Desperately Needed to Learn How to Prevent Gun Deaths ...

I receive The (WaPo) Health 202 in my email box, so based on two recent posts, I’d like to report on drug costs and drug treatment plans today. Let’s talk about drug prices first, name-brand versus generic. Congress is ignoring a real potential change to drug pricing, even though it […]

Update on Drug Costs and Pharma, and Proposed Opioid Treatment

It seems there are always plenty of “Breaking News” stories at the end of the week, and many have wider, more immediate, and more personal impact than Mr. Trump’s most recent tirade with expletives. Last week, January 11-12, was no exception when the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued […]

Work Requirement for Medicaid—Will This Idea Fly in Illinois?

Healthcare Update November 7, 2017 What’s this? A Tax Plan with healthcare provisions? If you’ve been following the proposed bill for the Trump Tax Scam, you’ve read the individual mandate to enroll or pay a penalty may be repealed as part of the tax bill. Republicans claim this would save […]

What’s this? A Tax Plan with healthcare provisions?

In late September the ACA survived yet another repeal attempt by the U.S. Senate. However, every time this happens, there is a tendency for supporters of the ACA to take a deep breath, celebrate the moment of victory, but then place that win on the back burner of our collective […]

Assault Continues on the Affordable Care Act

The American College of Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, and American Psychiatric Association all oppose the newest attempt at TrumpCare—the Graham-Cassidy bill. This bill allows discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions (52% of adults under age […]

Letter to Editor from Dana Bussing

What can you do NOW to defeat the Graham-Cassidy Bill (Trumpcare 2.0)? The Graham-Cassidy Bill is the current effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and it is just as dangerous, if not more so. John McCain, the deciding vote against the Senate’s last attempt to repeal ACA, has indicated […]

Stop Graham-Cassidy

Illinois expanded its Medicaid program in 2013. Governor Bruce Rauner (R) stated in 2014 that had he been in office then, “he would not have approved the expansion, but that he would not push for an end to its expansion.”[2] Medicaid expansion has provided affordable healthcare to a greater number […]

The Current State of Medicaid in Illinois

The continuing, steep increases in prescription drug prices impact all Americans negatively, but especially Medicare and Medicaid patients. In our country, pharmaceutical houses are in the business of making money first, before serving the needs of Americans who rely on their products to maintain good health. Big pharma achieves this […]

Opening prescription drug pricing to negotiations with big pharma and ...

Today in the state of Illinois over 3 million people get their healthcare through Medicaid. These Illinoisans are primarily elderly, of lower income (i.e., the working poor), single mothers, children and disabled citizens of the state. From data in 2014, Illinois is 43rd in Medicaid rate of reimbursements to MCOs […]

A Recent History Of Medicaid Services in Illinois