Issue Briefs

Medicare Drug Plans: Don’t Mess with Success

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have a negative impact on seniors. A portion of ACA funding is derived by cutting $716 billion from the Medicare program over the next decade — which could reduce se…

Reforming Arkansas’ Medicaid Drug Program

Arkansas has moved most of its Medicaid enrollees into privately-administered managed care plans. Currently, half a million Arkansas beneficiaries are enrolled in managed care. This is equivalent to n…

Reforming Oklahoma’s Medicaid Drug Program

Oklahoma has moved most of its Medicaid enrollees into privately-administered managed care plans, under a program known as SoonerCare.   The state should also move Medicaid enrollees to managed drug p…

Reforming Wisconsin’s Medicaid Drug Program

Wisconsin has moved about two-thirds of its Medicaid enrollees into privately administered managed care plans, known as BadgerCare. However, the state has been very slow to move Medicaid enrollees int…

Foster Care versus Modern Orphanages

A San Francisco-based think tank has proven the obvious: If disadvantaged kids are orphaned by their living but irresponsible or abusive parents, then moved from one foster-care placement to the next,…

How Are Seniors Spending Their Money?

Forty-two million seniors currently reside in the United States, and many of the baby boomers who are approaching retirement are not financially ready. Just 20 years ago, most seniors entered retireme…

Reforming Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Drug Program

In order to reduce rising health care costs, many states are forging ahead with plans to move Medicaid enrollees into managed care plans. Pennsylvania has been more aggressive than most states, enroll…

How Differences in the Cost of Living Affect Low-Income Families

In the United States, eligibility for government social benefits is based mainly on an absolute measure of poverty - the federal poverty level - which is an income threshold that varies by family size…