Health

State Reform 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. Medicaid rolls in many states have risen over the past several years a…

The Job-Killing Medical Device Tax

Americans consume nearly $100 billion dollar's worth of medical devices annually. Medical devices include simple things, such as cotton swabs, as well as complex instruments, such as pacemakers and ar…

What to Do about Drug Shortages

American hospitals and physicians are facing an unprecedented shortage of commonly used drugs. President Obama announced his support for legislation to address this problem by requiring drug makers…

Health Exchange Subsidies Will Reduce Employer Health Plans

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) - the new health reform law - contains financial incentives for the states to establish health insurance exchanges where qualifying individuals and…

The Doctor’s Out. Where’s the Nurse?

There is a looming physician shortage. Nonphysician primary care providers, or nurse practitioners, could help fill the gap. Nurse practitioners, also called advanced practice nurses in some states, h…

Crisis of the Uninsured: 2010 and Beyond

One of the primary goals of the federal health reform law — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) — is to ensure that all Americans have health insurance. In 2010, the number of…

Medicaid Block Grants and Consumer-Directed Health Care

Medicaid is a health program for the poor and disabled funded by federal and state appropriations. It is the largest and fastest growing publicly funded health program in the United States.

How Health Reform Affects Current and Future Retirees

This year Medicare will spend more than $530 billion. Beneficiaries will pay for about 20 percent of spending through premiums and income tax payments. Workers will pay the remaining 80 percent throug…