Health

Update on Federal Medicaid Funding

Medicaid is a joint federal-state health program, primarily for the poor. At the federal level, Medicaid is an entitlement. Each enrollee has a right to benefits. However, federal funds are not distri…

Increasing the Cost-Effectiveness of Medicaid Drug Programs

Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that provides medical care to more than 60 million low-income individuals and families. Over the next few years, Medicaid enrollment is expected to swell and…

An Accident Waiting to Happen: New York City's "Crash Tax"

New York City is one of the latest municipalities to propose a "crash tax" to fund emergency services. More aptly described as an emergency service user fee, motor vehicle collisions and vehicle fires…

Affordable Health Plans Are an Endangered Species

Beginning in 2014, most U.S. residents will be required to have health insurance coverage. However, provisions of the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) will limit the choice of health plans offered. Healt…

Repeal and Replace: 10 Necessary Changes

There are 10 structural flaws in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Each is so potentially damaging, Congress will have to resort to major corrective action even if the critics of the ACA are not involved…

Emergency Medical Services: How Health Reform Could Hurt First Responders

The scope of emergency services local governments provide has expanded over the years from fire fighting and rescue to providing advanced medical care, transport and a point-of-access to the health sy…

Reforming Medicare: The Affordable Care Act versus the Rivlin/Ryan Proposal

Former Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Alice Rivlin and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) have offered a proposal to reduce projected Medicare and Medicaid spending. The provisions affecting Medicare a…

Why Health Costs Are Still Rising

Prices for medical services have been rising faster than prices of other goods and services for as long as anyone can remember. But not all health care prices are rising. Although health care inflatio…