Diane Archer

Trumpcare drives up costs for older adults

The Republican leadership has rolled out its plan for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. If enacted, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) or “Trumpcare,” drives up costs for...

Can your pacemaker be hacked?

An article on Wired.com describes the scary security issues that come with high-tech medical devices. These health technology devices can be super “smart,” allowing remote control...

Are disease groups industry fronts?

During the health care reform debate, the overwhelming majority of groups representing people with particular diseases–so-called “patient-advocacy” organizations–opposed...

The latest on ACA, Medicaid and Medicare

This year, Trump’s budget does not include cuts to either Social Security or Medicare. But, sadly, that’s likely irrelevant given that the Republican leadership plans to repeal the...

Why you should question your doctor’s orders

A new Pro Publica report explains how even when the data show that the best treatment for a health condition is exercise, a healthy diet and lifestyle changes, a large proportion of doctors continue...

What’s a Medicare Special Needs Plan?

Medicare offers commercial health insurance coverage to help people with special needs through a special type of Medicare Advantage Plan. These Medicare Special Needs Plans are only available in...

High-deductible health plans mean high risk

In a recent opinion piece for Stat news, Ashish Jha, M.D., describes his struggle ensuring the health and well-being of himself and his family with their high-deductible health plan. Jha shows how...

ACA reduces medical divorces

Among the Affordable Care Act’s many benefits, it’s common knowledge that it has reduced significantly the number of uninsured in America, in part by expanding Medicaid. What you may...