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    Medicare Trust Fund outlook worsened by COVID

    As our country continues to deal with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the resulting impacts are starting to come into focus. The Medicare Part A Trust fund is another entity that is impacted by the changes in everyday life arising from life during the coronavirus. A recently…
    Jordan Roberts, June 15, 2020
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    What Trump’s Latest Executive Order Urges for Medicare

    Last week, President Trump signed an executive order titled, “Executive Order on Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors.” Our Jordan Roberts analyzed the order’s provisions in his most recent research brief. Here is an abbreviated list of his comments: Section 4: Network Adequacy. The EO directs the…
    Brenee Goforth, October 10, 2019
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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