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New Administration Action Could Give 11 Million Workers More Health Insurance Options

The Trump administration’s new HRA rule undoes an Obama administration action that forbade workers from using HRA funds to purchase health insurance policies offered outside their workplace.

Medicaid Expansion has Louisianans Dropping Their Private Plans

Thousands of Louisiana residents dropped their private coverage to enroll in Medicaid under the expansion. The count is between 3,000 and 5,000 people a month, and that doesn’t count those who enrolled in Medicaid first, then dropped private coverage.

Get Rid of Surprise Medical Bills

Surprise medical billing typically comes from providers who refuse to join insurance networks so they can charge astronomical fees. Surprise billing ought to be addressed, but the solution isn’t to rely on an omnipotent arbitrator. The ideal solution is to require hospitals, doctors, and insurers to clean up their own mess wherever possible.

Senators are Pushing Forward on Measures to Lower Health Care Costs

Two efforts are underway in the Senate to compile bipartisan packages aimed at lowering and bringing transparency to health care costs, with the goal of merging them on the Senate floor this summer. Neither package will include one singular big thing to lower health care costs for consumers. Instead, they'll be full of smaller proposals that legislators say together could help move the needle on prices. 

eHealth: Medicare Advantage Premiums Drop 33% During Latest Enrollment Period

Medicare Advantage and Part D applications were up 87% during the open enrollment period compared to last year, according to a new report from eHealth. During the first three months of this year, the average MA premium dropped 33% from $12 to $8 from 2018, and average out-of-pocket limits decreased 11%.

Administrative Actions

Trump’s New Rule Will Give Businesses and Workers Better Health Care Options

When President Trump took office, small businesses and hard-working, middle-class families were finding it increasingly...

New Administration Action Could Give 11 Million Workers More Health Insurance Options

The Trump administration’s new HRA rule undoes an Obama administration action that forbade workers from using HRA...

Sally Pipes: Trump Order Could Cut Your Cost of Health Care and Drugs

President Trump is expected to issue an executive order soon that could require insurers and...

On Rebate Rules and Expenditure Estimates

Last week the Trump Administration rolled out a semiannual summation of all the administration’s regulatory...

CMS to Expand Requirements for ACA Navigators

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will take more time to judge the performance...

Need for Reform

Get Rid of Surprise Medical Bills

Surprise medical billing typically comes from providers who refuse to join insurance networks so they...

Entitlement Deform: Is Congress Planning To Explode Drug Costs In Medicare Part D?

Congress could eliminate the Part D “protected classes” rule which forces insurers to pay for...

Health Care Consolidation Goes Beyond Usual Players

Consolidation in the health system and health insurance industries has been a focus for years....

Shop Till Medical Costs Drop

Transparency, though essential, is not sufficient to bring down health care costs. Nor does it...

V.A. Prepares for Major Shift in Veterans’ Health Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday will begin allowing a broad section of its...

Of Interest

Blue State Seniors Like Private Medicare Advantage Despite Single Payer Push

Seniors in progressive U.S. states are choosing private Medicare Advantage plans more so than the...

What Percent of New Medicare Beneficiaries Are Enrolling in Medicare Advantage?

People new to Medicare can receive their Medicare benefits through either traditional Medicare or private...

Obamacare Rate Hikes Appear Modest for 2020

The era of annual eye-popping Obamacare rate hikes appears to be over. Premium increases in...

Commentary: Importing Prescription Drugs Won’t Solve Cost Issues

Widescale drug importation from Canada, is not a practical solution to the problem of high...

Ending the Union Medicaid Skim

Even when the Supreme Court tells a government labor union that it can’t do something,...

Real Reform

Modest Cuts Could Save Medicare From Disaster

Instead of debating how to expand Medicare coverage, politicians should focus on fixing the fatal...

Senators are Pushing Forward on Measures to Lower Health Care Costs

Two efforts are underway in the Senate to compile bipartisan packages aimed at lowering and...

eHealth: Medicare Advantage Premiums Drop 33% During Latest Enrollment Period

Medicare Advantage and Part D applications were up 87% during the open enrollment period compared...

Network Matching: An Attractive Solution To Surprise Billing

One approach to resolve surprise billing—sometimes called “network matching” or an “in-network guarantee”—would require these...

To Stop Socialized Medicine, Expand Individual Choice

Just as choice and competition make products and services less expensive in the rest of...

State Actions

Maine Takes Step Toward Allowing Canadian Prescription Drug Imports

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

Gov. Desantis Signs Bill That Would Allow Florida to Pursue Importing Rx Drugs

Citing the need to reduce rising health care costs, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill...

California to Expand Health Insurance for Undocumented Immigrants

California will become the first state to pay for some adults living in the country...

Medicaid Expansion has Louisianans Dropping Their Private Plans

Thousands of Louisiana residents dropped their private coverage to enroll in Medicaid under the expansion....

Foundation Releases Study on Health Care Waivers for Georgia

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has long advocated for market-oriented solutions to Georgia’s health care...

Government-controlled Health Care

Why The Left Doesn’t Understand Health Care

In one case, an insurer prevented a woman from getting a CT scan her doctor...

Socialist Price Schemes Will Be Harmful to Patients

A recent study published in Health Affairs reached a controversial conclusion, that the United States should adopt...

No, My Study Didn’t Find Medicare for All Would Lower U.S. Health Costs by $2 Trillion

Last year I published a study with the Mercatus Center projecting that enacting Medicare for All (M4A)...

Millions Are Left in Limbo on the NHS’s Longest Ever Waiting List

Hospitals in Lithuania are to start advertising cheap operations to patients in the UK because...

Public Health Insurance Legislation Announced in Connecticut

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and fellow Democratic lawmakers reached an agreement Thursday to create a...