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CBO – The Effects of Terminating Payments for Cost-Sharing Reductions

“Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurers receive federal payments to cover costs incurred when offering plans with reduced deductibles, copayments, and other cost sharing to some people who purchase plans through the ACA marketplaces. If those payments for cost-sharing reductions stopped after the end of this year, participating insurers would raise premiums to cover the costs. CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation estimate that ending those payments would increase the federal deficit, on net, by $194 billion from 2017 through 2026, mostly because that change would result in increased costs for premium assistance tax credits. The number of people uninsured would be slightly higher in 2018 but slightly lower starting in 2020.”

Recent Trends in U.S. Services Trade: 2017 Annual Report

United States International Trade Commission – Recent Trends in U.S. Services Trade: 2017 Annual Report, May 2017 “Recent Trends in U.S. Services Trade: 2017 Annual Report focuses on U.S. exports and imports of professional services, particularly accounting and auditing, architecture and engineering, legal, and management consulting services. In 2015, the United States exported $139.7 billion… Continue Reading

EWG’s Searchable National Tap Water Database

EWG’s Tap Water Database – “Since 2010, water utilities’ testing has found pollutants in Americans’ tap water, according to an EWG drinking water quality analysis of 30 million state water records. Contaminants found in your state/city that are above health guidelines” [enter your zip code or your state to locate a complete guide…you will be… Continue Reading

Drug Prosecutions Drop To Historic Lows In Last 6 Months

“Despite widespread concern about an epidemic of opioid abuse, and announcements by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others of stepped up efforts by the Trump administration to address it, federal criminal prosecutions for drug offenses have dropped to historic lows. The latest data, current through June 2017, show that fewer drug offenders were federally prosecuted… Continue Reading

Let us always remember – humans require interaction with nature

Quartz: “In order to feel good, humans require interaction with nature. We have a genetically based affiliation with the natural world—a primal desire for the outdoors known as biophilia. This phenomenon describes our urge to connect with other life forms and manifests itself in our love of gardening and camping to owning pets, gifting flowers,… Continue Reading

HHS Unveils Improved Web Tool to Highlight Recent Breaches of Health Information

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today launched a revised web tool that puts important information into the hands of individuals, empowering them to better identify recent breaches of health information and to learn how all breaches of health information are investigated and successfully resolved.  The HIPAA… Continue Reading

Expanded Access Navigator – Helping Patients In Need of Potentially Life-Saving Drug Treatments

US FDA Blog: “Patients with serious or immediately life-threatening diseases or conditions who have no comparable or satisfactory alternative therapy and who seek access to potentially life-saving investigational drugs will have another option to guide them through the process – thanks to the launch today of a new online tool called the Expanded Access Navigator.… Continue Reading

Axios – The sky-high pay of health care CEOs belies effort to kill ACA

Bob Herman – AXIOS: “The CEOs of 70 of the largest U.S. health care companies cumulatively have earned $9.8 billion in the seven years since the Affordable Care Act was passed, and their earnings have grown faster than most Americans’ during that time, according to an Axios analysis of federal financial documents.Why it matters: The… Continue Reading

Hundreds of rules and proposed regs frozen or jettisoned by Trump administration

The Washington Post – “…The Trump administration said it was pulling or suspending 860 pending regulations. Of those, 469 were being completely withdrawn. Another 391 were being set aside or reevaluated. These proposed regulations could be revisited at some point or dropped altogether…“These rollbacks of critical public protections will leave American workers, consumers and children… Continue Reading

Research – Humans produce almost 20,000 plastic bottles every second

We are literally drowning the earth in plastic waste according to numerous studies and research papers that repeatedly document the perhaps insurmountable damage done by human abuse, waste and collective neglect.  From a recent article in the Guardian, just one sentence that you need to genuinely understand, process and engage with: “Fewer than half of… Continue Reading

The Myth and the Cost of Drug Expiration Dates

Investigative research and report by PrpPublica and NPR’s Shots Blog: “Hospitals and pharmacies are required to toss expired drugs, no matter how expensive or vital. Meanwhile the FDA has long known that many remain safe and potent for years longer…The dates on drug labels are simply the point up to which the Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017 estimated to increase number of uninsured by 32 million

Follow up to previous posting of May 24, 2017 – CBO Analysis of American Health Care Act of 2017, on July 19, 2017 CBO the cost estimate on H.R. 1628, Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017: “CBO and JCT estimate that enacting this legislation would reduce federal deficits by $473 billion over the coming decade… Continue Reading