Health

Specialty Drugs and Pharmacies

Patients benefit enormously from safe and effective drug therapies. Highly advanced specialty drugs and biological agents are increasingly used to treat rare diseases and disorders for which there wer…

Framing Medicare Reform

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes dramatic changes to the Medicare program in coming years. The provisions affecting Medicare are intended to slow the program's spending. Lower future Medicare expen…

Supporting the Troops: The TRICARE Quagmire

TRICARE, the military health insurance program run by the Department of Defense, has a well-deserved reputation for inadequate quality at an exorbitant public cost. Drastic changes to this program are…

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…

Popular Medicare Drug Plans Are under Assault

Nearly 39 million Medicare beneficiaries, including both seniors and the disabled, have subsidized drug coverage through the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003. Of these, nearly 36 million indiv…

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…