Mary Agnes Carey

Burwell Meets The Press: Managing Expectations On Ebola, Healthcare.gov, ACA Year 2

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We’re working on it. No matter what the topic – from improving consumers’ experience with healthcare.gov, the health law’s Medicaid expansion, narrow networks and even Ebola — Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell told reporters Thursday her agency is on it. During a breakfast with reporters sponsored by Kaiser Health News […]

How To Fix Medicare? Ask The Public

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This KHN story can be republished for free. (details) Washington is full of ideas to overhaul Medicare. Some would increase the program’s eligibility age, others would charge higher-income beneficiaries more for their coverage. There’s movement to link payment to the quality — rather than the quantity — of care delivered. Marge Ginsburg decided to ask ordinary […]

CBO Projects Lower Medicare and Medicaid Costs

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Reduced costs for medical services and labor have trimmed the 10-year projected cost of Medicare and Medicaid by $89 billion, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. Medicare spending is projected to drop by $49 billion — or less than 1 percent — from 2015 and 2024, while Medicaid spending is expected to drop by $40 […]

Moving Children From CHIP To Exchange Plans Would Increase Costs: Study

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Cost sharing would increase and the  number of child-specific services covered would decline if millions of low-income children now enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) were forced to receive coverage through the health law’s insurance exchanges, according to a study released Tuesday. CHIP enrollees in some states could see their cost sharing increase 10-fold […]