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Reform has a cost. But the point of a health care system is to treat patients, not to buttress the economy.
The House Budget Committee hearing tried to focus on the potential costs of popular “Medicare for All” type proposals. Congressional Budget Office experts erred more toward caveats and broad predictions than definitive answers though.
For the next congressional hearing on single-payer plans, the House Budget Committee has only summoned CBO analysts to testify.
Not exactly. We found that protections for preexisting conditions for most people with job-based insurance predated the Affordable Care Act by more than a decade.
California lawmakers want to expand coverage to everyone in the state, regardless of immigration status, but Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) says that expanding Medi-Cal to all adults over 25, who typically have higher health care costs than the young, could be financially unsustainable. The disagreement between the governor and Assembly members from his party is a rare one.
Experts also said the increase in the health insurance index could be driven by the fact that insurers’ medical loss ratios may be decreasing as high premiums, particularly in the individual health insurance exchanges, exceed anticipated claims. News on the insurance marketplace in the states comes out of California, Florida and North Carolina.
Progressive Democratic lawmakers and candidates are pushing hard for a massive overhaul of the country’s health system, but they’re walking a delicate line with some voters in their own party who want to see “baby step” improvements instead.
Officials in Washington and other states are cracking down on companies that avoid health insurance regulations by masquerading as faith-based care.
The administration’s position on a pending lawsuit to get the Affordable Care Act is one of the reasons experts said there’s cause for skepticism.
Politico looks at some unresolved issues Washington officials will have to confront in the months ahead. Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom is trying to drum up support for his ideas to shore up the health law marketplace in his state.
Washington will dictate the terms of the public option plans but hire private insurance companies to administer them, saving the state from having to create a new bureaucracy — and guaranteeing a role for the insurance industry in managing the new public options. The plan is a more incremental approach than some others that would get rid of private insurers. Meanwhile, a battle is brewing in Connecticut over a public option for small businesses.
Joanne Kenen of Politico, Jen Haberkorn of the Los Angeles Times and Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss the latest news about the Trump administration’s effort to allow health care practitioners and organizations to refuse to provide care or refer patients for services that violate their conscience or religion. Also this week, the administration orders TV ads for prescription drugs to include list prices. And Tennessee wants free rein from the federal government to run its Medicaid program. Plus, Rovner interviews Joan Biskupic, author of a new book on Chief Justice John Roberts, about the behind-the-scenes negotiations that led to the 2012 ruling upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes wades through hundreds of health care policy stories each week, so you don’t have to.
One in six Americans who get insurance through their jobs say they’ve had to make “difficult sacrifices” to pay for healthcare in the last year, including cutting back on food and taking extra jobs. And it is feeding resentments and deepening inequalities, as healthier and wealthier Americans are able to save for unexpected medical bills while the less fortunate struggle to balance costly care with other necessities.
In a departure from the norm, the Congressional Budget Office’s report didn’t estimate about how much a switch to “Medicare for All” would actually cost, in part because such a change would so disrupt the country’s economy that it would be impossible to forecast the full impact. The office did, however, lay out potential pitfalls, obstacles, challenges and rewards of moving into a different model, providing talking points to lawmakers on all sides of the issue.
The Congressional Budget Office report does clearly communicate that shifting to this type of health system would be a complicated process.
Judge cited an attempted “end-run” around the Affordable Care Act in rejecting large chunks of a new rule expanding access to such plans for small businesses and single proprietors.
Hospitals sometimes get up to double the amount from a private insurer as they do from Medicare for a procedure. If all the rates were reduced to what Medicare reimburses it could cause financial upheaval throughout the industry. Proponents of “Medicare for All” argue that hospitals charge too much and could lower their prices without sacrificing the quality of their care.
CMS will allow insurers to implement the restrictions when there’s a generic drug available to the patient. CMS argues that the rule would encourage patients to use generic drugs and lower drug spending.
We wondered how Colorado’s uninsured rate changed during John Hickenlooper’s time in the governor’s mansion and how it compares with the rest of the country.