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Health Reform Opponents Push Medicaid “Reforms” That Would Undermine Medicaid Expansion

May 9, 2013

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and various other health reform opponents have been warning governors and state legislators not to adopt health reform’s Medicaid expansion, contending the federal government will renege on its financial...

President’s Budget Affirms That Washington Will Pay Nearly All the Costs of Expanding Medicaid

April 10, 2013

As expected, President Obama’s new budget does not include two Medicaid savings proposals that would shift costs to states and which the Administration has previously supported.  This should put to rest health reform opponents’ claims that federal deficit reduction efforts will require states to pay a greater share of the expansion costs than health reform requires now — and their conclusion...

Administration Did Not Reverse a Proposed New Cut to Medicare Advantage Plans

April 3, 2013

The federal government announced on April 1 its final 2014 payment rates and policies for private “Medicare Advantage” plans that serve some Medicare beneficiaries.  Because this announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may be portrayed as reversing new...

Ryan Budget Again Includes a Medicaid Block Grant That Would Add Millions to the Ranks of the Uninsured and Underinsured

March 15, 2013

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget again proposes to radically restructure Medicaid by converting it into a block grant and slash federal Medicaid funding by $810 billion over the next decade.  He would also repeal health reform’s Medicaid expansion.  All told, it would add tens of millions of Americans to...

Projected Medicaid Spending Has Fallen by More Than $200 Billion

March 11, 2013

We’ve already noted that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has reduced its projection of cumulative Medicare spending over the 2011-2020 period by more than $500 billion based on a comparison of CBO’s latest estimates with those of August 2010.  The story’s basically the same for...

Refuting, Once Again, the Medicare Part D Myth

March 11, 2013

When House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveils his budget plan this week, he almost certainly will again propose to convert Medicare into a “premium support” system, where beneficiaries would receive a voucher to buy private coverage or traditional Medicare.  He may also repeat the frequent...

No, the Administration Isn’t Proposing New Cuts in Medicare Advantage Payments

March 1, 2013

The health insurance industry’s trade association, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), has launched a campaign against the federal government’s recent payment announcement related to the private “Medicare Advantage” plans that serve some Medicare beneficiaries.  AHIP ...

House-Passed Budget Includes Big Medicaid Cuts on Top of Health Reform Repeal

September 13, 2012

Asked Sunday about the House-passed budget’s proposal to cut Medicaid by $810 billion over the next ten years, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) replied, “we’re taking away the massive increases in ObamaCare that are attributable to Medicaid.”  But, the $810 billion in cuts (...

Medicaid and State Budgets

July 18, 2012

As we’ve noted, the new Ravitch-Volcker report outlines some of the long-term structural budget problems that states face.  The report’s discussion of Medicaid raises some important points but could also leave readers with a mistaken impression about Medicaid’s role in...

Misleading Claim About Medicare Part D Relies on Faulty Arithmetic

June 12, 2012

“Medicare Part D Proves That Competition Lowers Health Care Spending,” a recent Heritage Foundation blog post claims.  But a key figure that it cites as evidence is wholly incorrect.

The Medicare Part D drug benefit, which private insurers deliver, has cost much less...