Health

The Real Reason Health Spending Has Slowed

President Obama tells us that “health care costs are growing at the slowest rate in 50 years.” He and members of his administration attribute that trend to the Affordable Care Act. But ObamaCare is ju…

A Brief History of Health Savings Accounts

In January 2004, 250 million non-elderly Americans gained access in principle to health savings accounts (HSAs). Since then, individuals have been able to self-insure for some of their own medical nee…

The Impact of State Medicaid Expansion

Arizona has responded to financial incentives in the Affordable Care Act by expanding Medicaid eligibility.

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…

Reforming Florida’s Medicaid Drug Program

Florida is moving aggressively to cover Medicaid enrollees in privately-administered managed care plans. The state should also continue to move enrollees to managed drug plans. Virtually all state Med…

Reforming Michigan’s Medicaid Drug Program

Michigan is moving to cover Medicaid enrollees in privately-administered managed care plans. The state should also continue to move enrollees to managed drug plans. Virtually all state Medicaid progra…

The Health Exchange Marriage Penalty
Florida’s Market-Based Medicaid Reform Demonstration: Cost and Quality Issues

Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor, was created almost as an after-thought as part of the Medicare Act of 1965. From 1975 to 2010, Medicaid costs grew 1.8 percent faster than…