Consider the Cost of Medicaid Expansion

By J. Peder Zane
The News & Observer, Jan. 19, 2019

The federal government now finances 90% of the cost of Medicaid expansion, but that doesn’t make it free. A recent report found that Medicaid represents about 29.7% of total state spending in fiscal year 2018. In 2008 it was 20.5%. These numbers will continue to grow, sucking up more of our limited funds. […]

Trump Calls for Cracking Down on Surprise Medical Bills

By Peter Sullivan
The Hill, Jan. 23, 2019

President Trump spoke out on Wednesday against surprise medical bills, highlighting an issue that has received bipartisan concern in Congress. “The health care system too often harms people with some unfair surprises … medical bills and the like,” Trump said. “We’re going to stop all of it, and it’s very important to me,” Trump added. […]

Short-Term Plans: Affordable Options for America’s Uninsured

By Greg George, Nicholas Norton
Foundation for Government Accountability, Jan. 24, 2019

Short-term plans are temporary insurance plans that provide health coverage for individuals and families for a limited period—and can be renewed for up to three years. Short-term plans can be purchased at any time, unlike other plans available on the individual market which restrict enrollment to open enrollment periods or following a life-changing event. […]

Poll: Support for ‘Medicare-For-All’ Fluctuates with Details

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
Associated Press, Jan. 23, 2019

“Medicare-for-all” makes a good first impression, but support plunges when people are asked if they’d pay higher taxes or put up with treatment delays to get it. A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that Americans initially support “Medicare-for-all” by 56% to 42%. However, those numbers shifted dramatically when people were asked about the potential impact: […]

Allowing Partial Medicaid Expansion Would Increase Federal Costs

By James C. Capretta
American Enterprise Institute, Jan. 15, 2019

For several months, the Trump administration has been engaged in an internal debate over the merits of allowing states that have not expanded Medicaid to non-disabled childless adults to do a partial Medicaid expansion. But state requests […]

An Easy, Free Way to Lower Health Care Costs for Millions of Americans

By Dr. Lee Gross
The Hill, Jan. 13, 2019

In October, the Trump administration proposed a new rule that would expand the ways employers can use health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) to provide their employees with high-quality, low-cost health coverage. The Treasury Department estimates that 800,000 employers would take advantage of HRAs, which could affect […]

Trump Administration Plans Effort to Let States Remodel Medicaid

By Stephanie Armour
The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 11, 2019

The Trump administration is preparing guidance to give states get far more leeway in how they design their Medicaid programs. States would still have to adhere to certain requirements in exchange for a capped allotment, but could pursue changes […]

Helping States Develop Innovative Alternatives to Obamacare

By CMS Administrator Seema Verma
The Washington Times, Jan. 15, 2019

No matter what you think about the ACA—whether you supported President Obama’s signature health care law or opposed it—the facts show that individual health insurance markets across the country have been struggling. Federal law might be hard to change in Washington, but states can take advantage of flexibility […]

Why Do Elderly Americans Have Swiss Cheese Coverage?

By Chris Conover
Forbes, Dec. 30, 2018

People 65 and older accounted for more than one third of U.S. medical spending. Yet even though government pays for 65% of the elderly’s medical expenses, the burden of health spending (out-of-pocket expenses as a percentage of income) is much higher among the elderly than among those below age 65, largely because of Medicare’s swiss-cheese coverage. […]