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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.

Data Shows Drop in Coverage Among People Ineligible for Obamacare Subsidies

Health insurance enrollment has declined among people who do not qualify for financial help under Obamacare. Enrollment declined by 1.2 million people, or 24%, between 2017 and 2018 among people with incomes too high to qualify for Obamacare subsidies and who therefore face the full brunt of premium cost increases.

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%. 

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.

ObamaCare’s Medicaid Deception

A new study shows that Obamacare has turned out to be a giant welfare program, with millions of working- and middle-class Americans improperly receiving Medicaid—a reflection of the unpopularity of the exchange policies and incompetence of government oversight.

Administrative Actions

More ACOs Taking Accountability Under MSSP Through ‘Pathways To Success’

Last December, the Trump Administration redesigned and set a new direction for the Shared Savings...

Hospitals May Be Forced to Disclose Discount Rates Negotiated With Insurers

Hospitals would have to disclose the discounted prices they negotiate with insurance companies under a...

Trump Administration Moves to Shift Patients’ Chronic Illness Costs to Insurers

Millions of Americans in high-deductible health plans associated with HSAs may find it easier to...

A New Trump Executive Order on Kidneys Could Save Thousands of Lives

President Trump on Wednesday announced an executive order on a topic rather far afield from his usual...

U.S. Judge Strikes Down Trump Administration Rule Requiring Drug Prices in TV Ads

A federal judge on Monday dealt a blow to the Trump administration by striking down...

Need for Reform

Surprise Medical Bills Becoming More Frequent and Costly

Stanford University researchers found that from 2010 through 2016, 39% of 13.6 million trips to...

Ending Surprise Billing Protects Patients and Honesty in Health Care

As advocates of free markets and members of the business community, we can debate which...

The Obamacare ‘Experts’ Are Wrong Again

Last year, the Trump rule on short-term health plans went into effect, which not only...

Data Shows Drop in Coverage Among People Ineligible for Obamacare Subsidies

Health insurance enrollment has declined among people who do not qualify for financial help under...

ObamaCare’s Medicaid Deception

A new study shows that Obamacare has turned out to be a giant welfare program, with...

Of Interest

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...

Issues 2020: Private Health Insurance Saves Americans Money

Health insurance is expensive because spending on hospital and physician services is high. Insurers are...

The Repeal of the ‘Cadillac Tax’ Showed a Hazard of Bipartisanship

Acting on the principle “Why put it off until tomorrow when you can do the...

Real Reform

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...

Medicare Advantage And The Future Of Value-Based Care

A closer look at the evolution of Medicare Advantage demonstrates that the private sector has...

State Actions

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...

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...

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...

Government-controlled Health Care

Considering the Effects of a Medicare Buy-In

Medicare buy-in is seen as a moderate proposal, but it would set off a domino...

Medicare Is No Model of Administrative Simplicity or Efficiency

Medicare for All’s sponsors claim it would reduce administrative costs and produce huge savings. “Private...

Medicare For All Has Nothing To Do With Medicare. Call It Something Else.

What Bernie Sanders is proposing is not Medicare for all. It is far more generous—and...

Kamala Harris Offers Sanders-Lite In Medicare For All Proposal

The health reform plan Sen. Harris unveiled this week tries to appear more moderate but it is...

Kamala’s Medicare-for-All Straddle

Sen. Kamala Harris wants her plan to appear less disruptive than the Sanders bill, yet...