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The best cancer care isn’t always the most expensive

TCF fellow Harold Pollack analyzes for Wonkblog the Institute of Medicine's new report, "Delivering high-quality cancer care: charting a new course for a system in crisis." The IOM's recommendations, Pollack writes, "are so obvious and yet would be so difficult to execute in our high-tech but unwieldy, costly and fragmented health-care delivery system."

"The IOM  makes plain that our cancer care system is particularly poorly organized to properly care for people with advanced cancers."

How to get help if your state isn’t expanding Medicaid

TCF fellow Harold Pollack quoted in The Reporter, a local Pennsylvania news outlet, on the problems people will face if they are ineligible for Medicaid and cannot afford subsidies. “This is a perverse situation where people may have to break rules to get health care coverage that the law intended to provide them,” Pollack says in reference to the possibility that applicants will overestimate their incomes. 

All Of The Financial Advice You’re Ever Going To Need Is Written On This Index Card

Business Insider posts a picture, uploaded originally by the economist Sendhil Mullainathan, of a card filled with financial advice by fellow Harold Pollack. Among Pollack's recommendations: "Promote social insurance programs to help people when things go wrong." 

House Republicans want drug tests for food-stamp recipients. There’s no good reason for that.

TCF fellow Harold Pollack with Sheldon Danziger in Wonkblog on the proposal by House leaders to drug-test applicants to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps. "The drug testing of SNAP recipients is yet another ideological sideshow that disfigures substance-abuse policy," Pollack and Danziger write. "It falsely implies that substance use disorders are a widespread cause of welfare dependence. It also implies, again falsely, that these disorders are highly concentrated among recipients of public aid."

It’s Not the Age Bands, It’s the Medical Underwriting

TCF fellow Harold Pollack for Washington Monthly on the health reform proposal offered last week by health policy experts at the American Enterprise Institute. "The AEI authors," Pollack writes, "don’t say much about the legal, regulatory, and competitive realities of how an overtly risk-rated insurance system would actually function." 

85 million Americans lack dental coverage. Fixing that requires more than just money.

TCF fellow Harold Pollack for WonkBlog at The Washington Post on the national problem of poor access to dental care. In response to the National Bureau of Economic Research paper “The effect of Medicaid payment rates on access to dental care among children,” Pollack observes that since "dentists’ willingness to participate in Medicaid isn’t very sensitive to reimbursement rates, moving Medicaid rates closer to parity with private providers would be somewhat costly, yet would not greatly increase children’s use of dental services."

 

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Compared to other advanced nations, America’s retirement security and health care systems offer weaker protections against risks we all face. The Century Foundation’s work focuses on ideas for strengthening Social Security, pensions, and health care – including steps for building on the Affordable Care Act.

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