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Raising Medicare Advantage Payments an Inefficient Way to Help Puerto Rico

October 16, 2015

Raising payments to Medicare Advantage plans is among the health options that Puerto Rico is suggesting to address its serious financial and economic challenges.  Such an approach itself wouldn’t directly benefit Puerto Rico, as the higher payments would accrue to insurers rather than the island’s...

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Puerto Rico’s Capped Federal Medicaid Funding Causing Shortfalls

October 2, 2015

This week’s Senate Finance Committee hearing on Puerto Rico’s financial and economic challenges brought overdue attention to the island’s inadequate Medicaid funding.  Unlike the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico is limited to a low, fixed amount of federal Medicaid funding...

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House Bill Would Eliminate Critical Public Health and Prevention Funding

September 28, 2015

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is scheduled this week to consider its part of the House’s budget reconciliation bill, which would eliminate health reform’s Prevention and Public Health Fund — defunding critical investments in areas such as responding to infectious diseases, reducing...

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CBO: Individual Mandate Repeal Would Undo Historic Health Coverage Gains

September 23, 2015

As part of budget reconciliation legislation that may move in coming weeks, House Republican leaders are likely to include a repeal of health reform’s requirement, known as the individual mandate, that most individuals have insurance or pay a penalty.  That would reverse much of the...

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Policymakers Shouldn’t Repeal Limit on Tax-Advantaged Health Accounts

September 16, 2015

The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to consider legislation (H.R. 1270) this week to repeal health reform’s limit on the use of flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and other tax-advantaged health accounts to purchase over-the-counter medicines.  The limit, which has been in effect for more than four years, is both sound tax policy and health policy and should be retained. 


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House Lawsuit Vs. Health Reform’s Cost-Sharing Subsidies Not a Structural Threat to ACA

September 10, 2015

A federal district court has decided that House Republicans can proceed with their lawsuit against the Administration’s payments of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) cost-sharing reductions.  But even if the case eventually reaches the Supreme Court, and in the unlikely event that the Court decides for the House, it will not affect marketplace enrollees’ continued access to cost-sharing...

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Medicaid at 50: Ten Key Facts

July 30, 2015

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Medicaid — the public insurance program that provides health coverage to low-income families and individuals, including children, parents, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities.  Here are 10 key facts about how Medicaid helps millions of Americans live healthier, more secure lives:

  1. Medicaid provided quality

  2. ...
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Medicaid at 50: Restructuring Would Be Unpopular, Unjustified

July 22, 2015

As Medicaid turns 50, its critics will likely continue to call for fundamentally restructuring the program, by capping federal Medicaid funding through a...

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House Bill Would Raise Medicare, Medicaid Costs and Deficits, Stifle Health Care Innovation

June 23, 2015

The 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill that the House Appropriations Committee will consider tomorrow would seriously undermine efforts to slow health care spending growth — and, in doing so, increase Medicare and Medicaid costs by tens of billions over the next decade.  (In addition, as my colleague David Reich has...

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House Republicans Craft Unworkable Health Plan

June 18, 2015

This vague proposal is really a plan to unravel health reform and reverse its historic progress in reducing the ranks of the uninsured.