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Preserving Patient Choice for Affordable Coverage

Galen Institute president Grace-Marie Turner testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Feb. 13 about preserving consumer protections in health insurance while giving consumers more choices of affordable coverage. She focused on the administration's Section 1332 guidance and the importance of the new rule allowing people to purchase temporary health insurance.

Optum Rx Makes Demand Before Companies Lower Drug List Prices

Optum Rx, one of America's largest PBMs sent a letter to drug companies outlining several demands the companies must meet if they seek to lower list prices for their medicines. This would put another obstacles in the path of lowering drug prices. In it, Optum demanded: 1) at least seven quarters notice before a company reduces its list prices, and 2) equivalent rebates off of lowered prices as compared to existing prices.

Preview Of The Coming Medicare For All Debate

Democrats and Republicans are committed to the goals of better access to more affordable coverage and better protection for those with pre-existing conditions. We must first start with a commitment to maintain consumers protections and work together to solve the problems of access to care and costs of coverage.

Will Republicans Start Winning on Health Care?

CNN and NBC exit polling last November showed a huge Democratic advantage on health care. But socialized medicine wasn’t on the ballot. As for 2020, Democrats know people don’t want socialized medicine, so they have been calling it “Medicare for All” even though the prototype legislation ends Medicare along with private insurance. Consumers may be starting to figure this out.

Voter Support for ‘Medicare for All’ Tumbles in New Year

The laser focus on expanding the government’s role in health care has coincided with a double-digit slide in net support for “Medicare for all” among voters from January to February, according to new data from a Morning Consult/Politico poll.

Administrative Actions

Preserving Patient Choice for Affordable Coverage

Galen Institute president Grace-Marie Turner testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Feb....

New Rules Could Ease Patients’ Access to Their Own Health Records

The Trump administration is proposing steps aimed at improving patients’ access to their own health...

Trump Administration’s Smart Move to Cut Health Care Costs

The White House’s plan to lower federal drug payments and stop incentivizing doctors to use the most...

Deregulating Health Insurance Markets: Value to Market Participants

The White House released a report showing that the economic benefits of recent administration and...

Alex Azar: Why Drug Prices Keep Going Up — and Why They Need to Come Down

Two years ago this month, President Trump promised the American people that he would stop...

Need for Reform

Optum Rx Makes Demand Before Companies Lower Drug List Prices

Optum Rx, one of America’s largest PBMs sent a letter to drug companies outlining several...

Health Care Cost and Utilization Report

HCCI’s annual reports examine year-over-year and 5-year cumulative trends in health care spending for individuals...

Hospital Mergers Improve Health? Evidence Shows the Opposite

Many things affect your health. Genetics. Lifestyle. Modern medicine. The environment in which you live...

Hospital Price Growth Driving Healthcare Spending

Hospital prices are the main driver of U.S. healthcare spending inflation, and that trend should...

Did This Health Care Policy Do Harm?

In 2010, CMS established the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program under the ACA. Two years later,...

Of Interest

House Democrats Trot Out First Bills to Shore Up Obamacare

Expert witness Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute said policies like the new Section 1332...

House Health Panel Eyes Putting Consumer Warnings on Short-Term Plans

Democrats and Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday signaled they could...

Explaining The Slowdown In Medical Spending Growth Among The Elderly, 1999–2012

We examined trends in per capita spending for Medicare beneficiaries ages sixty-five and older in...

Appeal In Texas v. Azar Stayed Due To Government Shutdown

Litigation continues in Texas v. Azar, a lawsuit over the constitutionality of the individual mandate and,...

The New Obamacare

A silver lining in the current legislative stalemate surrounding Obamacare: Though two changes—Congress zeroing out...

Real Reform

Will Republicans Start Winning on Health Care?

CNN and NBC exit polling last November showed a huge Democratic advantage on health care....

Trump Places Health Care at Center Stage in State of Union Address

The president applauded the rollback of a key portion of the Affordable Care Act, which...

Trump Calls for Cracking Down on Surprise Medical Bills

President Trump spoke out on Wednesday against surprise medical bills, highlighting an issue that has...

Choice Works Better than Dictates

The Health Care Choices Proposal would block-grant to each state its federal share of health...

Zeroing Out Drug Prices

As we head toward the end of the year, biopharmaceutical companies are announcing their pricing...

State Actions

Continuing Coverage: Kemp Unveils Plan Seeking Health Care Waivers

Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled legislation Wednesday that could remake health care for hundreds of thousands...

Other States Likely to Follow Utah’s Partial Medicaid Expansion

The Utah Legislature on Monday passed a bill to replace the voter-approved Medicaid expansion with a skinny...

Losing Medicaid: A Social Experiment

Health policy analysts have long been puzzled that millions of uninsured people snub the government’s...

Utah Senate OKs Replacement for Medicaid Expansion

The Senate gave final approval Monday to a replacement plan for the voter-approved full Medicaid...

Medicaid and Work: Crisis in Arkansas?

The reason so many Medicaid recipients failed to comply with the Arkansas work requirement may...

Government-controlled Health Care

Medicare for All Is a Trap

A political party is asking for trouble when it embraces a position on a high-profile...

Voter Support for ‘Medicare for All’ Tumbles in New Year

The laser focus on expanding the government’s role in health care has coincided with a...

Republicans Can’t Wait to Debate ‘Medicare for All’

The only people more eager than progressive Democrats for hearings on Medicare for All are...

Among 2020 Democrats, a Debate over ‘Medicare-For-All’

“Medicare-for-all” is quickly becoming a rallying cry for many Democratic White House hopefuls, but there...

Medicare-For-All Means Long Waits for Poor Care, and Americans Won’t Go for It Once They Learn These Facts

“Medicare-for-all’s” advocates promise a health care system that’s free at the point of service –...