- Marriage is a class thing: roughly half of all births to women without four-year college degrees now happen without married fathers.
- Should doctors have to pay the insurers a fee in order to get paid what they are owed?
- Avoiding a hospital stay may improve your odds of survival.
- Intergenerational poverty: 17% of Asian children living in households with incomes below or near the poverty line were poor in adulthood, compared with 25% (Latino), 29% (White), 37% (Black), and 46% (Native American)
- Health Savings Account bills being marked up in the W & M Committee in the House.
- Kaiser: Insurers deny medical claims more often than you think.
- Enthoven in Health Affairs: likes our new Medicare book. A “must read.”
- Tom Miller: why most health policy is déjà vu.
- Why is mental health declining for young women? (NYT)
- Are Biden’s regulations the reason for a 20% drop in blood tests for transplant patients? (WSJ)
- How can you do a placebo-controlled drug trial if the disease affects only a few dozen people? (WSJ)
Former White House official Al Hubbard and employer groups began lobbying Indiana legislators to make hospital prices more transparent, and more affordable. A recent analysis by RAND found that Indiana’s hospital prices are among the top of the nation. Hoosiers are paying about three times the fees Medicare pays for the same service. The news has employers steaming.
When Sachdev, a pharmacist by training who is now 54, became CEO of the Employers’ Forum of Indiana, she was shocked that her members often didn’t know what prices they were paying for surgeries or other medical services, because hospitals and insurers kept them secret.