Category Archives: health insurance

Who Have We Become?

Speaker Paul Ryan’s new call to repeal the Affordable Care Act is either a bluff or completely blind and heartless. Imperfect as it is—and the legislation certainly has flaws—the Act assures people have access to health insurance even with a … Continue reading

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Drug Costs and Congress: Investments, Contributions and You

A scathing new article on Congress and its financial conflicts of interests with drug and device companies appears in STAT, a news firm specializing in health and science. It examines Senators and Representatives who have oversight of the FDA and … Continue reading

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A Place for Your Voice and A Chance to be Heard–From the Heart Again

In 1995, I interviewed the President of the Kaiser Family Foundation for an article in HMO Magazine, which was published by the Group Health Association of America.  The issues about about a public voice are depressingly the same! “Unless we … Continue reading

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What You CAN Do About Prescription Drug Costs

What American’s Think About Prices and What You Can Do                      “Corporations now spend at least $2.6 billion a year lobbying Congress—more than the $2 billion taxpayers spend funding the House and the Senate.”  The Week, July 31, 2015 What … Continue reading

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$10,000 Health Design Contestant Creates Model for Colorado

In 2002, I sponsored a $10,000 contest to build an American health system.  We held the contest then built CodeBlueNow! to assure the public had a voice in reform: www.codebluenow.org. We closed our doors in 2010 with the passage of the … Continue reading

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Changing Aging Care: Personal, not Institutional Care–What Can Be Done and What You Can Do; and my new advisory and board appointments

The Limits Of Medicare “Medicare is great for medical care, but it simply does not cover the support and personal care services that frail elderly people need. The current system cannot support those needs—the way we pay for care is … Continue reading

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Insurers Consolidate and Merge and A Quick History of Health Care Reform: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

No matter what the Supreme Court Decides Much remains to be done.  Insurance is regulated at the state level.  Even if subsidies are approved, more fights remain ahead.  http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/NationalHealthExpendData/NHE-Fact-Sheet.html Insurance company consolidation: “Merger activity is heating up now because the … Continue reading

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Non Profit Hospital Profits Double–But There are Tools You Can Use

Non-Profit Hospital ‘profits’ have doubled in the last decade. Don’t give up hope!  There are tools we can use. 1) Non-profit hospitals must report executive compensation to the IRS on Form 990 Schedule J.  Washington state reports their compensation annually. This is public … Continue reading

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Want Health Care Accountability? Here’s What is Possible.

Washington State does it again:  First state to require hospitals to report executive salaries in June 2013. The blog I wrote about that is still read daily. The report is updated annually. Here is the first blog on that topic:  http://oconnorreport.com/2013/06/what-hospital-executives-earn/  There … Continue reading

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O’ConnorReport featured in”Must Reads” on Linkedin; first books are printing–order now; finally–new Medicare ID coming

The O’ConnorReport  was featured in Linkedin’s Must Read list:  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/more-good-news-health-care-kathleen-o-connor?trk=eml-b2_content_ecosystem_digest-network_publishes-249-null&midToken=AQG9xKY8gS1irQ&fromEmail=fromEmail&ut=11ICjH3uK7zCI1 The Buck Still Stops Nowhere is finished. The first books are being printed. All books are all print-on-demand until I have finalized contract arrangements with a book distributor and digital … Continue reading

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