medicare

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    Medicare and Medicaid: rewarding failure

    David Balat and Dr. Deane Waldman of the Texas Public Policy Foundation wrote an interesting op-ed which discusses some of the problems with government-run health care. In particular, why it’s crazy for Americans to think growing these programs is a good idea. The piece starts off by…
    Jordan Roberts, June 20, 2019
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    Medicare Part A and patient choice

    Medicare Annual Report The Board of Trustees for Medicare, America’s health insurance program for those 65 and older, produce an annual report on the financial operations of the program. For the second straight year, the Trustees project that under current spending, the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, or Medicare Part…
    Jordan Roberts, April 25, 2019
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    Medicare, Medicaid breed cronyism and fraud

    Another day, another massive fraud scheme where private companies scam unaccountable public health programs and profit off of taxpayer dollars. This time the culprit is Walgreens: NEW YORK — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc will pay $269.2 million to settle two whistleblower…
    Jordan Roberts, January 24, 2019
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    Less regulation, more value

    In the past, I have written about a healthcare payment model commonly referred to as “patient-centered” or “value-based” care (see here, here, and here). The idea behind patient-centered care is that the provider…
    Jordan Roberts, October 4, 2018
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    Congress is discussing changes to Medicare and CHIP

    Last week, the Centers for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) provided information to states on the April 1 expiration of the Transitional Medical Assistance (TMA) and the Qualifying Individuals (QI) programs. TMA allows families to keep Medicaid coverage for 6 to 12 months after their earnings rise, depending on…
    Sarah Curry, April 15, 2015
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    What’s going on in Washington….?

    The House and Senate are back in session this week. Today the Senate will consider its first judicial nomination since Republicans took over the majority in January. Later this week the Senate is expected to consider H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act, which passed the House…
    Sarah Curry, April 14, 2015
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    What’s going on in Washington….?

    Congress is in recess this week.  They are scheduled to return the week of April 13th.  Here are some of the major actions that took place last week… The House approved the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (HR 2) by a strong bipartisan vote of 392-37. The measure…
    Sarah Curry, April 1, 2015
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    What’s going on in Washington…

    Both the US House and US Senate are in session this week before beginning a two-week recess. Both chambers are expected to focus on passing their respective fiscal 2016 budget resolutions. The House is also expected to try to pass legislation reforming the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which…
    Sarah Curry, March 24, 2015