Affordable Care Act

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CVS Quits Tobacco, Chooses Health and Wealth

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CVS Caremark Corporation recently announced that[[wysiwyg_imageupload:177:]]
it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores across the U.S. by October 1, 2014.

The bold decision, estimated to cost the company $2 billion in revenue on an annual basis, leaves no doubt that CVS, which once stood for Consumer Value Store, is making a significant investment in rebranding itself as a healthcare provider. It also raises the question of how CVS will replace the lost revenue.

Retailers like CVS are poised to play a major role in the delivery of primary care as payment reform and physician shortages make traditional healthcare systems increasingly difficult to navigate, fueling the growing demand for convenient, retail health clinics. Read full post »

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Comms Key to Success of Affordable Care Act

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This article was originally published on PRWeek.com. 

The Affordable Care Act is at a critical juncture. [[wysiwyg_imageupload:167:]]
Solidified by President Barack Obama's re-election and the earlier Supreme Court decision, the legislation is moving toward full implementation by January 2014. In October, state exchanges will be open for enrollment.

Like nervous backers of a Broadway production, people are saying, “Is the Affordable Care Act ready for prime time?” Even supporters of the healthcare law have a case of the jitters, and for good reasons. The state exchanges vary in their readiness to meet the enrollment deadline. Many states, such as Texas, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina have not accepted the Medicaid expansion, a central piece of the law that was made optional by the Supreme Court.

And, there is still active opposition to the law on legal and political fronts. Republican leaders have voted to repeal what they call “Obamacare” 37 times now. Read full post »

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For Healthcare Reform and the Coming Election, Now It’s Time to Wait and See

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Jeff Levine is an award-winning journalist who was the medical correspondent for CNN for 17 years.  He has also worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Byron Dorgan, as Washington bureau chief for WebMD, and as a media specialist at Ketchum. A guest contributor to Health-E Minds, the following post represents Jeff’s perspective on the presidential election debates, based on his opinions generated during his many years of observing and reporting on healthcare and politics. To read Jeff’s commentary on the earlier debates, click here.  – Nancy Hicks, Senior Vice President, Associate Director, Ketchum North America Healthcare Practice

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By the time this entry is published, the last
presidential debate will be over, but the final word on health care reform awaits the electoral outcome and pending legal actions by conservative opponents. Read full post »

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The Presidential Debates – A Healthy Discussion?

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Jeff Levine is an award-winning journalist who was the medical correspondent for CNN for 17 years.  He has also worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Byron Dorgan, as Washington bureau chief for WebMD, and as a media specialist at Ketchum. A guest contributor to Health-E Minds, the following post represents Jeff’s perspective on the presidential election debates, based on his opinions generated during his many years of observing and reporting on healthcare and politics. – Nancy Hicks, Senior Vice President, Associate Director, Ketchum North America Healthcare Practice


With tonight’s second presidential debate
just [[wysiwyg_imageupload:139:height=167,width=253]]hours away, a look back on the first debate offers insights into what we might expect to see this evening, particularly from a healthcare reform perspective.  Read full post »

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Affordable Care Act Special Edition Pt. I: The Impact

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The Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act has ensured that healthcare reform will remain a topic of interest for months and even years to come. In light of the decision – which will impact Main Street, Wall Street, K Street, and all roads in between – this special edition of Health-E Minds shares insights on the road ahead from a variety of perspectives.  Participants in this discussion include Jeff Levine, former CNN medical correspondent; and a number of Ketchum healthcare and public affairs experts.   Additionally, Ketchum recently partnered with the law firm Alston + Bird, LLP to examine potential implications of this decision prior to the Supreme Court ruling; to view a recording of this webcast, click here

The first in a three-part series, our panel members address the question: “What is the impact of this decision?”

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