Insurance

  • 09.17.17

    Big Oil Will Have to Pay Up, Like Big Tobacco

    Here is a message to investors in the oil industry, whether pension and insurance funds, university endowments, hedge funds or other asset managers: Your investments are going to sour. The growing devastation caused by climate change, as seen this month in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, are going to blow a hole ...

    Here is a message to investors in the oil industry, whether pension and insurance funds, university endowments, hedge funds or other asset managers: Your investments are going to sour. The growing devastation caused by climate change, as seen this month in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, are going to blow a hole in your fossil-fuel portfolio.

  • 08.01.17

    Medicaid, Explained: Why It's Worse To Be Sick In Some States Than Others

    This video from Vox looks at the Medicaid system through the eyes of an individual on Medicaid, Matthew, who has Crohn's Disease. He is one of the 1 in 5 Americans who get their healthcare paid for by Medicaid. The video states "The thing about Matthew is, if he lived in a different state, he might not have Medic...

    This video from Vox looks at the Medicaid system through the eyes of an individual on Medicaid, Matthew, who has Crohn's Disease. He is one of the 1 in 5 Americans who get their healthcare paid for by Medicaid. 

    The video states “The thing about Matthew is, if he lived in a different state, he might not have Medicaid.” It explains the history of healthcare in the United States, the attempts of certain presidents (FDR, Truman, and LBJ) to create a national healthcare system, the reason behind the emergence of a private healthcare market, and the ultimate expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

    Due to the Supreme Court decision that made this expansion voluntary by state, the video explains that the specific states get to decide who gets covered and what service gets covered. Some individuals are consistently covered across the board, like children and Pregnant women; However, coverage of other groups like individual who make below a certain amount per year are only covered in certain states. 

    The video goes on to describe the rising costs of Medicaid, due to the rising costs of health care in the United States, and ways that Republicans have proposed to change Medicaid.

  • 06.26.17

    In the News: Robert Reich on CNN panel discussing the AHCA

  • 09.29.16

    Key Facts About The Uninsured Population

    This fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation specifically looks at the uninsured population in the United States. The main questions it answers are: Why do people remain uninsured? The fact sheet states that even under the ACA, high costs are cited as the main reason for not purchasing health insurance Who r...

    This fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation specifically looks at the uninsured population in the United States. The main questions it answers are:

    Why do people remain uninsured? The fact sheet states that even under the ACA, high costs are cited as the main reason for not purchasing health insurance

    Who remains uninsured? Most are low-income families; people of color are at a higher risk of being unisnured

    How does the lack of insurance affect access to health care? People without insurance have worse access to care and less access to preventable care.

    What are the finanical implications of lack of coverage? The uninsured often face unaffordable medical bills when they do seek care.