¡Pura Vida! Healthcare

In a recent trip to Jaco Beach, Costa Rica I was awestruck by the beauty of the country as well as the Costa Rican way of life. The term “Pura Vida” (pronounces poo-rah vee-dah) translates to pure life; an expression natives use to describe their way of living. What I soon discovered is this term encompasses…

Who Will Still Lack Insurance Coverage in 2016?

The Briefing Room has written in the past about the millions of Americans who have signed up for coverage since the passing of the Affordable Care Act. However, as the country gears up for its third year of coverage, questions still remain around those who are yet to sign up. Recent Gallup-Healthways polls show that the uninsured…

2nd State Goes “Basic” with Health Plans

The Affordable Care Act passed  on March 23, 2010, however not all sections of the law are in place across all 50 states. One such provision of the law is Section 1331, the Basic Health Program. This is an optional program for states that wish to offer even more affordable health coverage to uninsured Americans. All states offer…

Healthcare.gov Turns Three!

November 1st marks the third open enrollment period for the Healthcare Insurance Marketplaces (aka Obamacare). That means we are only one week away from millions of Americans being able to log into Healthcare.gov and either buy insurance for the first time or choose from new plans if they enrolled for health insurance coverage last year. Before the launch…

ACA: What Have We Learned 1 Year Later?

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, Errol Pierre sat down with Arise America’s news anchor Debbye Turner Bell to discuss the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation in preparation for the upcoming QHP open enrollment period, which starts on November 15. Question 1: Has the percentage of uninsured people been reduced? Yes – in fact of the 45M…

Mississippi: Why Not Try Bryantcare?

Phil Bryant holds the fate of more than half a million Mississippians in the palm of his hands as key health care policy decisions hang in the balance. He is the Governor of the great state of Mississippi and has the power to make two major decisions. #1 – Expand Medicaid up to 138% of…

An Exchange by any other Name…

In Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, Juliet surmises that, “Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d, retain that dear perfection which he owes without that title.” So in the same sense would not Health Exchanges by any other name still be just as confusing? “’Tis but thy name that is my enemy” A recent survey…