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New York City is a hot spot for illegal Medicaid enrollment

New York state is grappling with a Medicaid shortfall in the billions of dollars. And one of the main reasons is improper enrollment. Using annual information from the Census Bureau to assess the demographic make-up of Medicaid enrollees over time, researcher Aaron Yelowitz and I estimated that 2.3 million to 3.3 million Medicaid enrollees nationally…

A Targeted Approach to Surprise Medical Billing

A New Paper By Doug Badger & Brian Blase | Surprise medical bills are a source of frustration for many Americans, and legislation to address the problem appeared to be on a fast track early in the year. But action has since slowed, primarily due to a stand-off between the two powerful interest groups that…

Three Cheers for Transparency

Hospitals and insurers will howl, but the Trump administration today took a big step toward consumer empowerment with administrative actions designed to increase price transparency for hospital and other medical charges. Galen Senior Fellow Brian Blase, who was instrumental in developing the executive order on price transparency issued in June, congratulated the administration for its proposed and…

Native American Health Scandal Shows Why Government-Run Care Can Be Deadly

As if voters didn’t have enough reasons to question government-run health care, the Wall Street Journal provided yet another last week. The paper ran a lengthy expose highlighting numerous cases of doctors previously accused of negligence receiving “second chances” in the government-run Indian Health Service (IHS), resulting in incidents wherein at least 66 patients died…

Medicare For All Would Fail Patients

“Before now, Warren’s radical proposal never would have been introduced by someone with a serious shot at becoming president,” Galen Senior Fellow Brian Blase explains in a piece for RealClearPolitics. “But the health care status quo is failing too many Americans. She is right that health care prices are generally too high, that provider consolidation is a…

Administrative Actions

How price transparency would revolutionize healthcare

In his recent speech on health care, President Trump highlighted a proposed rule that hospitals…

This Senate Measure Would Restrict Health Care Choices and Raise Premiums

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., authored the resolution, which would curtail an administration initiative that was…

From vaping to opioids: Trump redefines health care for 2020 run

The Trump administration’s assault on e-cigarettes is the latest move by the White House to…

New Insurance Numbers Show the Importance of the Trump Administration’s Health-Care Reforms

Far from proving charges that the administration has “sabotaged” Obamacare, new Census Bureau dataprovide compelling…

Medicare reform can no longer be ignored: Warnings from the 2019 Medicare trustees report

The latest annual Medicare trustees report highlights the program’s growing fiscal challenge and reflects policymakers’…

Need for Reform

A Targeted Approach to Surprise Medical Billing

A New Paper By Doug Badger & Brian Blase | Surprise medical bills are a…

Three Cheers for Transparency

Hospitals and insurers will howl, but the Trump administration today took a big step toward…

Transparency in Health Care Prices

To the Editor: Re “Four Key Things You Should Know About Health Care” (Op-Ed, nytimes.com,…

Why Canada can’t be America’s pharmacy

Drug importation is no longer a pipe dream. Now it’s a pipe bomb. The Department…

Surprise Medical Bills Becoming More Frequent and Costly

Stanford University researchers found that from 2010 through 2016, 39% of 13.6 million trips to the ED at an in-network hospital by privately insured patients resulted in an out-of-network bill. That figure increased during the study period from about a third of ED visits nationwide in 2010 to 42.8% in 2016.

Of Interest

New York City is a hot spot for illegal Medicaid enrollment

New York state is grappling with a Medicaid shortfall in the billions of dollars. And…

Democrat Rep’s Wife Demands Free Marriage Counseling In Her Taxpayer-Subsidized Health Plan

If Democrats don’t like Obamacare plans for themselves, then why did they force all Americans…

Repeal of the Cadillac Tax Would Be a Strategic Mistake for Both Parties

Republicans undermine their own long-term interests by supporting elimination of the Cadillac Tax. The GOP…

Budget Deal Landmines

On Thursday, the Senate passed a bill to increase the federal budget and lift the…

Despite Calls to Start Over, US Health System Covers 90%

Politicians are depicting a system in meltdown, but the numbers tell a different story, not…

Real Reform

Five smart ways Trump has improved our health care system

Good politics involves consistent, simple messages. Opponents of the Trump administration believe they have found…

Grassley: For Medicaid, Greater Transparency Will Open the Door to Better Value and Outcomes

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) recently introduced the bipartisan Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019. The…

HSAs for Medicare Enrollees? Maybe

Last week, Reps. Ami Bera, MD (D-CA) and Jason Smith (R-MO) introduced an HSA correction…

Improve, Don’t Repeal, ObamaCare’s Cadillac Tax

Congress has twice delayed the Cadillac Tax—originally set to take effect in 2018—and weakened it…

Replace The Cadillac Plan Tax, Don’t Repeal It

In place of the Cadillac Tax, we should offer employers and their employees the option of a dollar-for-dollar tax credit up to the amount of the tax subsidy they have been getting through the tax exclusion. This would solve the problem economists complain about, put health insurance and take-home pay on a level playing field at the margin, and greatly reduce the incentives we all have to over-spend on health care.

State Actions

Obamacare Caused Premiums to Spike. Here’s How States Are Lowering Them Again.

Throughout much of last year, critics of the White House darkly predicted that Congress’ repeal…

How Health Care Premiums Are Declining in States That Seek Relief from Obamacare’s Mandates

Some states are succeeding in lowering premiums and increasing enrollment in health insurance by doing a better job of targeting existing resources. Seven states obtained waivers to target subsidies for high-cost patients, and they saw premiums fall by nearly 7.5%, while premiums in the other states rose by more than 3%. 

When Government Sets Hospital Prices: Maryland’s Experience

“Medicare for All” proposals may vary greatly, but a common feature is their call for…

Pennsylvania to Shift From Healthcare.Gov to State-Based Insurance Exchange

Pennsylvania state leaders on Tuesday touted their plan to transition from the federal insurance exchange,…

Maine Takes Step Toward Allowing Canadian Prescription Drug Imports

The Maine Senate unanimously advanced a package of bills on Tuesday aimed at reducing prescription…

Government-controlled Health Care

Native American Health Scandal Shows Why Government-Run Care Can Be Deadly

As if voters didn’t have enough reasons to question government-run health care, the Wall Street…

Why Obama Stopped Auditing Medicaid

The share of recipients who aren’t eligible has grown sharply since the expansion began in…

A Fiscal Analysis of Elizabeth Warren’s Health Care Plan

On November 1, 2019, presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) published a lengthy monograph describing…

Biden’s Plan for Health is Already a Failure

Most Democratic presidential candidates are supporting some version of Medicare for All, a radical proposal…

Medicare For All Would Fail Patients

“Before now, Warren’s radical proposal never would have been introduced by someone with a serious…