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Expert Group Proposes Long-Term Care Financing Reforms

February 22, 2016

Expanding access to high-quality long-term care requires a multi-pronged solution, including a new public long-term care insurance program, improved Medicaid coverage of home and community-based services, and an expanded private insurance market.  These are among the recommendations of a just-released report by a diverse group...

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New CBO Estimates Confirm: Social Security Benefits Are Modest

February 18, 2016

Social Security benefits replace only about 40 percent of an average retiree’s recent earnings, new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates show.  The actuaries at the Social Security Administration (SSA) find a similar result using a different technique.  By either measure, Social Security benefits are...

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Obama’s “Cadillac Tax” Changes Deserve Serious Look

February 4, 2016

The President’s 2017 budget will recommend improvements in the “Cadillac tax” — the excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans.  While some suggest repealing the tax, reforming it to preserve most of its revenues and its ability to slow health care cost growth makes far more sense.  The President’s proposal, which Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jason Furman and the Council’s Chief...

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Don’t Repeal Health-Related Taxes

February 1, 2016

Permanent repeal of three health-related taxes, which last year’s budget deal postponed or suspended, would cost the federal government more than $250 billion over the next decade, new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates show — and almost certainly much more in decades to follow.   

The three health-related taxes are the excise...

Cost of Repealing Health-Related Taxes Grows Rapidly

Reports Overstate Reach of “Cadillac Tax”

December 17, 2015

Recent press reports citing a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis seriously exaggerate the expected impact of health reform’s excise tax on high-cost health plans (or “Cadillac tax”), which this week’s...

Excise Tax on High-Cost Health Plans Will Have Limited Initial Impact

National Health Spending Growth Remains on Slow Track

December 2, 2015

The nation’s health spending continues to grow more slowly than before health reform, figures that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released today show.  Total health spending by governments, private insurers, and individuals grew by 5.3 percent last year, well below the average 6.9...

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Vocational Factors Affect Eligibility for Disability Insurance

November 20, 2015

The Social Security Administration (SSA) asks whether it should change the way it considers vocational factors — older age, limited education, and lack of transferable skills — in deciding applicants’ eligibility for...

DI Receipt is Highest Among Older Workers W/ Limited Education

Expanding Private Disability Insurance Unlikely to Improve SSDI Finances

October 21, 2015

The insurance industry has proposed allowing employers to automatically enroll their workers in private disability coverage — at the employees’ expense — while giving them the choice to opt out.  Although industry-financed...

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“Cadillac Tax” Will Initially Have Limited Impact

October 14, 2015

The excise tax on high-cost health plans (or “Cadillac tax”) will initially affect a tiny share of workers and an even tinier share of health plan costs, according to recent estimates by the Treasury Department.  The new estimates are much smaller than other frequently cited...

Cadillac Tax Limited Impact in 2018

Health Policy Experts Issue Statement Supporting Excise Tax on High-Cost Plans

October 1, 2015

A group of 101 prominent health economists and policy analysts — including two Nobel prize winners, four current or past presidents of the American Economic Association, and former officials in both Democratic and Republican administrations — have sent Congress a letter about health reform’s...

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