Issue Briefs

Reforming Alabama’s Medicaid Drug Program

Alabama is forging ahead with plans to move Medicaid enrollees into managed care plans. In doing so, the state should change its policies of administering pharmaceutical drug benefits separately from…

How U.S. Agricultural Subsidies Harm the Environment, Taxpayers and the Poor

Proponents of agricultural subsidies often justify them as necessary to compete in international agricultural markets and ensure a variety of plentiful, inexpensive food for domestic consumers. The fe…

More Education, Better Retirement

Recent college graduates have had a difficult time finding employment to match their skills. Indeed, unemployment is now higher among 18 to 24 year olds than any other age group. Despite the current l…

ObamaCare Is the Problem, Health Savings Accounts Are the Solution

Health policy economists are puzzled by a persistent slowdown in the growth of health care spending that seems to have started in mid-2005, and accelerated since then. As the Wall Street Journal noted…

How Green Protectionism Harms Sustainable Forestry, the Environment and the World’s Poor

Under the guise of protecting the world’s forests from unsustainable logging practices, proponents of protectionist trade policies have successfully lobbied for so-called “green” measures. Environment…

Veterans Affairs Fails to Curb Suicide Epidemic

Since the 1990s, veterans, policymakers and health care professionals have expressed concern over veterans’ untreated mental health challenges and high suicide rates. Many veterans experience varying…

The Ups and Downs of Reverse Mortgages

Reverse mortgages, formally known as home equity conversion mortgages (HECM), allow seniors to tap into their home equity and receive a lump sum or annuity payment during their retirement years. This…

VA Electronic Health Records: What Federally Mandated Health Integration Really Looks Like

Nearly one-fourth of the U.S. population is potentially eligible for veteran benefits and services, including former members of the armed services, spouses, children and survivors. The delivery of med…