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The ACA has been live for a year. So why are millions still uninsured?

November 14, 2014

Clare Rizer, The Daily Briefing

Last year, more than seven million people purchased health insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) exchanges. At the same time, about six million Americans enrolled in states' Medicaid programs.

But despite this—and a mandate requiring people to obtain insurance or pay a penalty to the federal government—millions of Americans remain uninsured.

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Google's 'most important rule' for hiring people—and what health care can learn from it

November 7, 2014

Dan Diamond, Executive Editor

Every year, about 3,000,000 people apply to work at Google.

Only 7,000—just 0.2%—get the chance.

Google's hiring process has been much scrutinized, across all industries; we've written about it a few times in the Daily Briefing.

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But for all of the focus on Google's brainteasers, Max Nisen writes at Quartz, "the most important rule it follows is remarkably simple: to never once compromise on a high hiring bar."

Nisen cites a speech by Laszlo Bock, Google's hiring chief. According to Bock,

    The number one thing [we learned] was to have an incredibly high bar for talent and never compromise. [Google's founders] Larry and Sergei figured out early on that there’s a reversion to the mean when you don’t.

    Let’s say you hire a great person, they’ll hire someone almost as good, who hires someone almost as good, and over time you’re just hiring average people.

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What the GOP's historic—and overlooked—statehouse wins mean for health care

November 6, 2014

Dan Diamond, Executive Editor

One big storyline coming out of Tuesday's election: That the results of the state governors' races could affect Medicaid expansion. (I know it's a big storyline, because I read it in the Daily Briefing.) 

In holdout states like Florida, Georgia, and Kansas, Republican governors either won election or were re-elected, making the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion less likely. 

But there's another, overlooked wrinkle in play: The GOP won a record number of seats in state legislatures, too.

As Libby Nelson writes for Vox: 

    Republicans now control state government outright in at least 24 states, one more than they did before the election. They control at least 66 of 99 state legislative chambers nationwide. And they cut the number of states with total Democratic control from 14 to seven — the lowest number since the Civil War.

What does that mean for health care? Quite a bit, actually.

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Obamacare year one: Where uninsured rates dropped the most

November 3, 2014

Emily Hatton, The Daily Briefing

It's been about a year since the Affordable Care Act's exchanges opened for business. And that year has brought a lot of change for the insurance markets.

As we prepare for the exchanges to reopen for their second year on Nov. 15, the Daily Briefing is taking a look back on 2014 and how it has affected each state. After culling through available data on uninsured rates, Medicaid enrollment, and commercial insurance exchanges, we've put together an interactive map to illustrate what has changed. (See more about how we made the map.)

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The states where hospitals got the highest Leapfrog scores

October 29, 2014

Clare Rizer, The Daily Briefing

Seventy-two hospitals saw a significant change in their Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score this morning—for better or worse. (Check out the top story in today's Daily Briefing for a full breakdown of the new scores.)

Breaking down performance by state, The Leapfrog Group found that the state with the highest percentage of A-grade hospitals has remained unchanged since the spring. But it noted some interesting changes in states' performances on the report card.

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Ebola in the U.S. is worrying. But in West Africa, the situation is downright dire.

October 24, 2014

Juliette Mullin, Senior Editor

News of another U.S. Ebola case—this time in New York City—broke on Thursday night. And the case will likely spark a new wave of anxiety about the disease potentially spreading within the United States.

"Ebola right now can spread fear just by the sound of the word," New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D) said last night, adding, "I know it's a frightening situation. ... But the more facts you know the less frightening the situation is."

Any new U.S. case of Ebola is clearly concerning, especially given the events in Texas last week. But, as the World Health Organization (WHO) reminded us this week, Ebola is downright scary in West Africa.

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Across the country, hospitals prepare to become 'Ebola centers'

October 23, 2014

Juliette Mullin, Senior Editor

Until this month, health authorities thought that any hospital in the United States was equipped to handle an Ebola case from start to finish. But the events in Texas have changed that.

Now, CDC says that future Ebola cases in the United States will be routed to selected hospitals for care. "There's a need for specialized centers when there is a patient with confirmed Ebola, or a number of patients if that were to happen in the future," says CDC Director Tom Frieden.

But which hospitals will serve as these Ebola centers?

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The states with the most—and least—comprehensive ACA plans

October 23, 2014

Clare Rizer, Daily Briefing

As mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all health plans sold on the insurance exchanges must cover "essential" services. But for reasons of politics and practicality, HHS let states outline the exact essential health benefits (EHB) required in plans sold on their exchanges.

So it's no real surprise that ACA plans vary significantly from state to state. A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)—which we covered in today's Daily Briefing—shows just how much variation exists.

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