Diane Archer

How does your state rank on health care?

The Commonwealth Fund recently issued its 2018 report ranking states on their health systems performance. Hawaii remains in first place. Mississippi ranked in last place. Overall, the picture is not...

How to avoid being assigned a legal guardian

In 2017, Rachel Aviv wrote a story for the New Yorker on how an older couple in Nevada ended up with a legal guardian against their will. The story is chilling and worth reading. It helps to...

Few doctors opt out of Medicare

If you have traditional Medicare, you have coverage from virtually any doctor or hospital in the US. While not every doctor takes Medicare, the vast majority of doctors do. That said, there are a...

Rescuing retirement with Social Security plus

In an article for Politico, Jacob Hacker lays out his vision for rescuing retirement–universal private retirement savings that become a defined benefit upon retirement, an annuity paid by...

State efforts to rein in prescription drug costs

The overwhelming majority of the public supports government intervention to bring down drug prices.  While the federal government is doing precious little about prescription drug prices other than...