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The Short Life and Sudden Death of the American Health Care Act

By |March 29th, 2017|

That was quick.

Less than one month ago, I was handed the text of two documents, one on its way to the House Ways and Means Committee, and the other bound for the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Washington, D.C. Combined, those documents became the American Health Care Act (AHCA) HR 1628.

The act flew through […]

The American Health Care Act (ACHA): Impact on Your Health Insurance

By |March 14th, 2017|

In case you missed it, congressional Republicans are fast-tracking through normal procedures a couple of draft bills that could have huge impacts on the Affordable Care Act. Though not as ambitious as the original ACA, which was more than 2,800 pages long, the American Health Care Act (which the two draft bills together make up, […]

Changing Medicaid in D.C.: What’s at risk for Louisiana?

By |March 7th, 2017|

Mike’s Note: I’m taking a look at the bill proposed Monday by the House of Representatives – the American Health Care Act – and will weigh in with my thoughts soon.

The way our federal government funds Louisiana’s Medicaid program is under serious study right now. The party in charge in Washington, D.C., has indicated they really […]

Olives vs. Grapes: A Messy Fight over ACA

By |March 1st, 2017|

Bertaut recommends you discuss the ACA over fine dining!

I’ve watched with interest, like many of you, the current great debate on the government’s role in healthcare. The fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) is up for grabs. Today, I will cut through the noise for you, and give it […]

PODCAST: Implications of Healthcare in the Trump Administration

By |February 14th, 2017|

Mike Bertaut talks with Jim Engster about the implications of the Trump Administration upon healthcare – especially the ACA. Listen:



What’s The Deal with Age Rating for Health Insurance?

By |February 14th, 2017|

People who know me know I love challenging myself to take the most nuanced, complex and downright wonky healthcare/health insurance stuff and present it so that anybody can get it. When my kids were younger, I would always test my methods on them, assuming if a middle schooler could catch on, I was on the […]

Looking for the Healthcare System? Easier to find Unicorns, Vampires, Zombies and Werewolves!

By |February 6th, 2017|

I’m always struck by the amount of time, energy and literature that is devoted to creating alternative worlds, with alternative goals, objectives and creatures. Next time you wander through your local bookstore, pay close attention to how large the Fantasy sections are, and you’ll start to get a feel for the level of effort. Did […]

Reality Check: What’s Happening Today to the Healthcare Law?

By |January 18th, 2017|

There is a lot of doom and gloom out there right now about what is going to happen to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under a Republican president with a Republican majority in Congress. So, what is really happening, and what can you expect?

Congress is Moving Forward
The House of Representatives and the Senate both approved […]

Changing the Narrative

By |January 18th, 2017|

Changing the Narrative

As a healthcare economist working for you, one of my jobs is to try to understand how healthcare and health insurance are going to change long before the changes actually happen.

I often find myself sorting through all the narratives coming from policy people and politicians as they talk up changes they want to […]

Instability = Uncertainty = Expense: Health Insurance marketplaces need immediate attention

By |January 10th, 2017|

One thing you learn if you work around insurance for a while is that instability and unpredictability drive everybody’s costs up. A lot. And it turns out it doesn’t matter if that’s car insurance, homeowners insurance, life insurance or health insurance.

We’ve Seen This Before

I was training with a major life insurance carrier in the mid-1980s […]