Author Archives: Kathleen

About Kathleen

Kathleen O’Connor: 30+ year health care consumer advocate, non-profit executive and author. For more information about Kathleen, please see "About" on the main content bar above.

Current ACA Medicaid: A Quick Guide–Poverty, Children, Disabled and Seniors

Medicaid, Poverty, Children, the Disabled, and Seniors               March 7, 2017 Before examining the proposed changes to Medicaid, here are quick facts about Medicaid as it now exists under the ACA (Affordable Care Act … Continue reading

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Medicare 101: New Vouchers and Change to Medicare

My last long article was about the first privatization of Medicare.  Current proposals to privatize  focus on Premium support and Vouchers.   This will change Medicare’s structure, what it covers, and how services are paid. The following is a quick … Continue reading

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Privatizing Medicare and Me: A Story from the First Privatizing

I was the Medicare Marketing Director at a private for profit health insurance company in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and the first attempt to privatize Medicare during the Reagan Administration. That job made me the ardent consumer advocate … Continue reading

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Best Wishes for Holidays and New Year: Two Specials–Privatized Medicare My Story

Privatizing Medicare: I was the Medicare Marketing Director for a for-profit HMO in the late 1980’s, early 1990’s.  Coming up will be my inside story of  lessons learned and  how the first attempt to privatize Medicare played out and left … Continue reading

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The Real Price of Silence

My son was killed in a car accident 25 years ago this month.  He was proud of my work for health reform so I cannot remain silent now as major changes loom.  We live with a system that can be … Continue reading

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American Health Care and You: A Call to Conscience–Our Veterans and the ACA

Today, November 11 is Veterans’ Day a day to remember and honor those who served our country. Yet now nearly 25% of our veterans are homeless.  Over 20 commit suicide every day. They fought grizzly wars for us in Korea … Continue reading

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Drug Money: Companies Flipping Drugs for Profit and Costs of Cancer Care and Drug Company Political Contributions, Drug Coupons and Costly Diabetes Drugs

I don’t usually do this, but these four articles speak for themselves on drug costs and I am on my way to a conference. 1) Drug companies are selling their drugs to others after a patent expires and those companies … Continue reading

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Under the Radar: Foreign Investments in Our Health Care

The debate over universal coverage vs. the marketplace rages on, but little attention has been paid to  foreign investment in our health care system. Investments and ownership range from physician practices, to hospital systems and now home health and hospice … Continue reading

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An Economist’s Insights on Cost and Access; World Stroke Day Oct.29. (new web coming soon)

Those wondering about our costs and access might find this article on some research findings of interest. http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/why-the-u-s-still-trails-many-wealthy-nations-in-access-to-care/ The findings may surprise you! ****************************

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National Contest for Patient Stories: $1,000 first place (new website under construction)

The national Patient View Institute in conjunction with the Leapfrog Group is sponsoring its 2nd Annual Patient’s View Impact Award. www.GoPVI.org , www.leapfroggroup.org The award is for patient stories that can change health care for the better.  All stories must be told by patients … Continue reading

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