Policy Solutions

Putting “America” Back into Health Care

Putting “America” Back into Health Care

Everything went smoothly at first. Ilan, the nine-year old son of American physician Benjamin Davies, MD, broke his arm on vacation in Italy. The local hospital x-rayed the arm, reduced the fractures of each bone and applied a cast. But the question of surgery could only be determined by driving to a bigger hospital 1.5 hours away.

AVAILABLE TODAY: CCHF Launches New Book 'Big Brother in the Exam Room' at FreedomFest

AVAILABLE TODAY: CCHF Launches New Book 'Big Brother in the Exam Room' at FreedomFest

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Health care has already found its way into the narrative surrounding President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, announced less than 48 hours ago. But regardless of how SCOTUS may impact future health care policy, there are real threats to patientstoday, including third-party controls over care, surveillance, data collection and privacy invasions—much of it through electronic health record (EHR) systems found in a majority of doctor’s offices and hospitals around the country.

Government Reorganization Is a Step in the Right Direction

Government Reorganization Is a Step in the Right Direction

ST. PAUL, Minn.—In a major move yesterday, the Trump administration announced a wide-ranging government reorganization that will rename the Department of Health and Human Services “Health and Public Welfare” and move the $70 billion SNAP food stamp program out of the Department of Agriculture and into the new agency.

CCHF Responds to Request for Information on Direct Provider Contracting Models

CCHF Responds to Request for Information on Direct Provider Contracting Models

CCHF has concerns with the proposed model of Direct Provider Contracting— and its acronym. Many physicians and providers have wisely chosen to move away from insurance contracts. They have also opted out of Medicare/Medicaid to remove federal and other third-party intrusion from their practice. They are third-party- payer free (TPF). The questions and commentary of the RFI propose to intrude into the patient-doctor relationship under the name of “DPC.” The proposal asks “how can a DPC model be designed to attract a wide variety of practices, including small, independent practices, and/or physicians.”

 

CCHF Invited to the White House

CCHF Invited to the White House

An invitation to the White House came last week.I accepted. On May 11, President Trump made an announcement in the Rose Garden about lowering drug prices. Here’s a short play by play for you, our supporters, the people who keep our organization on the front lines and operating on behalf of your health freedom every day.

CCHF Public Comments on CMS-9924-P [short-term, limited duration insurance]

CCHF Public Comments on CMS-9924-P [short-term, limited duration insurance]

We support the Trump administration’s attempt to restore freedom and affordability for care and coverage while we await either full repeal of the ACA or the development and growth of care and coverage options that are beyond the reach of the ACA and its rules, regulations, restrictions and costly requirements.

 

Stop Corporate Version of Single-Payer

Stop Corporate Version of Single-Payer

Republicans have a plan to save Obamacare. They have proposed a $60 billion payout for managed care corporations (“health plans”). The proposal includes $30 billion in reinsurance funds (transfer risk-bearing responsibility to taxpayers) and $30-$35 billion in cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies, often called bailouts. That said, it now appears the payout may have been stripped from the must-pass (by Saturday) spending bill to be issued today.  

Reaching Out with Unconventional Truth

Reaching Out with Unconventional Truth

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 21: Issue 1: 1st Quarter 2018

Idaho Is Leading the Way Back to Affordable Health Insurance

Idaho Is Leading the Way Back to Affordable Health Insurance

ST. PAUL, Minn.—As some states are pushing for their own individual mandate to purchase health insurance or be penalized, the state of Idaho is working to break free from the clutches of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Idaho Governor Goes Big-Against Obamacare

Idaho Governor Goes Big-Against Obamacare

Kudos to Idaho Governor “Butch” Otter! He’s doing what CCHF has been asking states to do. He’s opening up Idaho’s insurance market to policies NOT compliant with the ACA. He’s not waiting for Congress to repeal the ACA prohibition against catastrophic coverage.