Health

Can Health Reform Save Money?*

Health care spending per person varies widely across the country, but greater spending does not appear to produce better quality.  A natural inference is that some areas of the country are less effici…

Three Lessons from Massachusetts

The Massachusetts experiment in health care reform offers many lessons that are applicable to the current debate in Congress. The goals of the Massachusetts plan are similar to proposals supported by…

Health Care Costs During Retirement

Many people assume Medicare will cover most of their health care costs when they retire, and that Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, will cover them if they need nursing home care.  Howev…

What's Behind Vaccine Shortages?

Since their introduction, vaccines have served as a cornerstone of public health in the United States and abroad.  Vaccinating large numbers of people, especially children, has proven to be one of the…

Health Care Spending Forecasts

Congress and President Obama appear intent on pursuing two conflicting goals for public and private health care: reining in rising costs while also increasing spending in order to expand insurance cov…

10 Ways to Keep Health Coverage if You Lose Your Job

A layoff does not have to involve losing your health coverage.  Although there is no need to panic, you should not put off taking action.  Here are 10 options to consider as soon as possible after get…

The Folly of Health Insurance Mandates

Many of the nearly 46 million uninsured say they are unable to afford health insurance. Advocates of various state regulations claim their proposals would make health coverage more affordable. These r…

Exposing the Myths of Universal Health Coverage

Recent health care reform proposals have largely focused on achieving universal coverage through a combination of private-sector mandates, regulation of insurance premiums and expansion of government…