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The Great Flood of 2016: Staring down a potential health crisis

By |August 30th, 2016|

It’s been a pretty crazy week. Just since I last wrote to you, Donald Trump came to town, President Obama came to town. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Red Cross and lots of other organizations are here distributing money and supplies and food. Relief has been pouring in […]

The Great Flood of 2016: History is Reset

By |August 24th, 2016|

I just can’t wrap my brain around these numbers (even after 55 years of living in South Louisiana).

In about 48 hours, 6.9 TRILLION gallons of rain fell on an area roughly 50 miles wide (east/west) and 30 miles long (north/south). This was enough to cover the whole area with 24 […]

How the Healthcare Law Has Changed the Individual Health Insurance Marketplace

By |August 9th, 2016|

In January 2010, just a few months before healthcare reform law passed, I got a study by a national actuarial firm that measured the impact of state regulations on health insurance plan pricing. This study showed WIDE variation in the definition of an individual health insurance policy, and how plans […]

Exciting Times! Medicaid Expands in Louisiana (Part 2)

By |August 3rd, 2016|

Medicaid has expanded in Louisiana. In previous posts, we’ve talked a bit about what that means, but as enrollment has already eclipsed 250,000 people, this is a good time to review what is happening and what it means for our state.

For a very long time, hundreds of thousands of our […]