Prior to becoming a member of the Heartland staff, Kendall graduated from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana in 2011. There she earned a dual-degree in political science and communication studies, as well as completed scholarly research on the film Frost/Nixon, evaluating its implications regarding the relationship between journalists and politicians. As a student, Kendall worked with the Saint Joseph County Republican Party in South Bend, Indiana, aiding the Party's communication efforts by reporting on both local and national issues and facilitating contact with County candidates. She also held a communication internship position at WZZM 13 News in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Latest posts by Kendall Antekeier (see all)
- A Wealth Redistribution Halloween - October 31, 2012
- Hobby Lobby Files Suit Over HHS Contraceptive Mandate - September 13, 2012
- A Political Push to Stop the Implementation of Health Insurance Exchanges - July 3, 2012
A recent report from Kaiser Health News dives into frequently asked questions about health savings accounts (HSAs).
The report suggests that HSAs may be “problematic for low-income families.” Therefore, The Heartland Institute suggests other reforms, paired with the expansion of HSAs, to benefit such individuals. Those reforms, as stated in our Patriot’s Toolbox, include:
- Establishing high risk pools, which provide subsidized comprehensive health insurance to those with serious medical conditions. Such pools are typically funded by combination of state subsidies and tax credits for insurer assessments. Thirty-four states had high-risk pools in 2006.
- Replacing the tax exemption for employer-provided health insurance with a tax credit or personal deduction that can be used to purchase health insurance and make deposits into HSAs.
- Repeal the community rating and guaranteed issue laws, particularly in the individual market, that force the healthy to subsidize the unhealthy, driving many people out of the private insurance market.
- Restricting eligibility for government health insurance programs, such as Medicaid and SCHIP, so that private insureres can sell affordable insurance products to middle-income families that can afford to pay the premiums without public aid.
Read about the benefits of HSAs in the Kaiser report, and learn more about Heartland Institute suggestions for health care reform by reading our 10 Principles of Health Care Policy .