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HealthCare.Gov launched

HealthCare.gov was launched on July 1 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It aims to be, in the words of the press release, “an innovative new on-line tool that will help consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable health care coverage…. HealthCare.gov is the first website to provide consumers with both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs in a single, easy-to-use tool.”

Side by Side: Health Care Bills

ProPublica shows all the changes in the Health Care bill side by side. A very useful tool!

  • Side by Side: Health Care Bills, (Senate-Passed Version (Dec. 24, 2009) With Reconciliation Changes (March 18, 2010)). by Olga Pierce and Jeff Larson, ProPublica

    “we’ve created a side-by-side comparison of the full versions of the Senate healthcare bill versus the bill that will likely go before the House for a vote on Sunday. What you’ve seen elsewhere-the text put out by the House Rules Committee-is just a 150-page list of amendments to the Senate bill (“strike paragraph 4”, “insert this new sentence in paragraph B:…”). What we’ve created, the full proposed final bill-and highlights of the changes- allows you to easily to compare House’s Reconciliation proposal to the earlier Senate bill.”

C-SPAN complains about closed health care meetings

C-SPAN complains about private health talks, by Foon Rhee, Boston Globe (January 5, 2010).

Democrats’ apparent decision to come up with a final health care bill not only behind closed doors but within a very select group of negotiators is drawing criticism not only from expected quarters, but from the media.

Employer Health Benefits 2009 Annual Survey

A recent non-government health care survey is a good complement to the recent Current Population Report P60 series report (see: Health Insurance Coverage: 2008):

Among those that offer benefits, large percentages of firms report that in the next year they are very or somewhat likely to increase the amount workers contribute to premiums (42%), increase deductible amounts (36%), increase office visit cost sharing (39%), or increase the amount that employees have to pay for prescription drugs (37%).

See also: You Have No Idea What Health Costs By Ezra Klein, Washington Post (September 20, 2009). “The most important health-care document released this week was not Sen. Max Baucus’s Healthy Future Act. It was the Kaiser Family Foundation’s 2009 Employer Benefits Survey.”

Health Insurance Coverage: 2008

A new report in the Census Bureau’s Current Population Report P60 series reports on health insurance coverage. The report is based on data from the Current Population Survey.