ACA-driven spending on health exchanges, Medicaid and Medicare Advantage programs is fueling health care industry mergers, such as the purchase of Health Net by Centene for $6.8 billion, according to the Los Angeles Times. Although insurers say consolidation will give them power to negotiate better prices for customers, Center Director Gerald Kominski said, “It's not entirely clear the savings get passed on to consumers.” In a related Investors.com story, Kominski said mergers are a quick way for insurance companies to grow.
the recession that began in 2008, uninsured Californians were
more likely to be older, U.S.-born, with lower house-hold incomes and
more likely to be employed and looking for work, regardless of the
impact of the recession at county level, accordingarticle by the
Center's Shana Alex Charles in the California Journal of Politics and
Policy. Reduced federal payments and costly improvements required under health reform are putting safety net hospitals at greater risk for closure, according to a Capital Public Radio story. Center Director Gerald Kominski said closure of safety-net hospitals in low-income neighborhoods would place an even bigger burden on vulnerable populations. Read the s