| Oct 10, 2013
| 9:38 AM
For all the acrimony in Washington over Obamacare, there's an intriguing consensus around one issue: the ratchet effect. Neither side uses the term, but both the right and left treat it as an article of faith.
The term was coined by the libertarian...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 10:24 AM
Like many other disadvantaged Baltimoreans, I need Obamacare. But I don't want it.
I recall staying up late into the night watching C-SPAN a few years ago. I watched to see then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bang her gavel, ushering in an era of health...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 8:15 AM
On July 1, Medicare proposed a dramatic and disappointing reduction in dialysis payment rates that could jeopardize local dialysis care. As a dialysis professional I am responsible for some of the sickest and most vulnerable patients in Maryland, those...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 11:15 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing a 10 percent cut to the Medicare payment for dialysis — a proposed reduction that is ill-advised, to say the least ("Medicare cuts hit dialysis hard," July 15).
Dangerous would be a...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 11:42 AM
While the tentacles of Washington dysfunction reach all national demographics, one often overlooked group is our young adults — affectionately termed the "Millennials."
Obvious evidence of this has been Congress' inability to thus far keep...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 12:07 PM
Consumers weren't able to sign up for insurance under new health care exchanges until last week, but con artists have been scheming for months to steal money or Social Security numbers under the guise of the Affordable Care Act.
And it's bound to get...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 4:42 PM
Legally married same-sex couples will be recognized for federal tax purposes no matter what state they live in, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced Thursday.
The policy change follows the Supreme Court decision in June...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 5:00 AM
For more than 30 years, the federal government has allowed Maryland to operate by different rules from other states when it comes to the way Medicare pays for hospital services. So long as the state managed to keep the growth in the average cost for...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 11:50 AM
More than 1 million men and women in Maryland have one thing in common: They are enrolled in Medicare or Tricare. These programs provide seniors, the disabled and military families the coverage they need to remain healthy and to access the care when...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 2:59 PM
Carol Cain tries to ignore the two lumps in her throat, but some days it's hard because they swell and are tender to the touch.
The 59-year-old, who makes a small income watching her grandchildren, hasn't seen a doctor about the problem because she...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 11:38 AM
Surely, even for Democrats there's remarkably little joy to be had in watching mainstream Republicans turn on Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz for forcing the GOP into a suicide mission. The big show in Washington — the final (at least one can hope)...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 7:00 PM
The way Maryland hospitals do business would be overhauled under a plan released Friday by state health officials.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's plan would tie hospital spending to the state economy and virtually eliminate a...