Welfare

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    Insurers meh on Medicaid fraud

    Do managed care organizations do enough to combat Medicaid fraud? The question means more than in the past for North Carolina, which is preparing to rely more on private insurers for Medicaid administration. The US Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General (OIG) found Medicaid managed care organizations…
    Joseph Coletti, July 16, 2018
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    Fixing welfare’s disincentives

    Robert Doar of the American Enterprise Institute highlights new research into problems linked to welfare. The president’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) has a new report out on the relationship between large welfare programs and work, which echoes many of the themes I learned while administering such programs…
    Mitch Kokai, July 16, 2018
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    Supply and demand for labor

    Economists Katharine Abraham and Melissa Kearney find that trade- and technology-induced reductions in the demand for labor are the primary reasons fewer young and prime-age adults were working in 2016 than in 1999. Higher minimum wages have made it more expensive to hire somebody. Disability insurance has made work…
    Joseph Coletti, July 11, 2018
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    Low-income students see little reason to graduate high school, so they don’t

    You may have heard of the Scared Straight program that sought to use prison visits to keep teens on the right side of the law. It did not. The effort is one of the few programs in the Results First database that had negative social returns on each…
    Joseph Coletti, July 10, 2018
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    Wal-Mart increases food security

    Wal-Mart may contribute to obesity with its low prices on packaged foods, but the choice of location for Wal-Mart Super Centers helps increase the availability of calories, which means poor children and families are less likely to go hungry. Middle-income families also have greater food security when Wal-Mart moves…
    Joseph Coletti, June 25, 2018
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    New directions for conservative giving

    Daniel Schmidt and Michael Hartmann pay homage to Michael Joyce, long-time president of the Bradley Foundation, and draw lessons for the future direction of conservative giving, which they see becoming more diverse and personal. There is a lot worth reading in the essay, but some of the areas where…
    Joseph Coletti, June 22, 2018
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    ObamaCare health insurance exchanges aren’t working well

    “Half of the people who sign up for Obamacare (ACA) get a flurry of medical care, then drop out before a year is over,” Stanford economist John Cochrane writes in summary on a new working paper. “They can always sign up again if they need to. People who…
    Joseph Coletti, June 5, 2018
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    What is the value of large-scale interventions?

    A group of students from an elite private school and their teachers came by the office today to talk about poverty. I laid out the case for private responses (surely human nature makes a “solution” impossible) and for rolling back government regulations. Then came the question that always justifies government…
    Joseph Coletti, May 31, 2018