Daily Policy Digest

Health Issues

It's Time to Rethink Health Insurance

Over the last 10 years, Americans have begun to view health insurance as a mechanism that pays for all types of medical care, even the most routine expenses...

Medicaid Expansion Drives up Visits to Emergency Room

A group of 10,000 low-income Oregon residents who recently obtained Medicaid coverage visited ERs 40 percent more often than those without insurance...

Hospice Industry Games Medicare to Make Billions

The proportion of patients who were discharged alive from hospice care rose about 50 percent between 2002 and 2012...

Are There Enough Doctors for the Newly Insured?

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, there will be a shortage of 45,000 primary care doctors in the United States (as well as a shortfall of 46,000 specialists) by 2020...

Health Law May Hit Midsize Businesses Hardest

Starting this year, businesses that are fully insured -- as opposed to self-insured -- will be hit with an $8 billion tax that is estimated to add 2 percent to 3 percent to premiums for each covered employee...

A Decade of Success: How Competition Drives Savings in Medicare Part D

To date, Medicare Part D expenditures have been more than 40 percent lower than initial government estimates -- a rarity for a government health care program...

Hospital Audits and the "Two Midnight" Rule

Hospitals insist that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' "Two Midnight" rule on who qualifies for in-patient status creates incentives to discharge patients after midnight instead of when it is appropriate...

ObamaCare's Troubles Are Only Beginning

In order to keep prices low, insurance companies are offering very restrictive health plans that give patients access only to certain doctors and hospitals...

The End of ObamaCare: Just the Beginning of Better Health Care

The goal of more generous support of health care access for low-income and other vulnerable Americans in the non-elderly population still must recognize federal and state budget constraints, set realistic priorities and hit sustainable targets...

An Overview of Medicaid

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, annual Medicaid expenditures are expected to increase by $500 billion between 2012 and 2021 -- a 108 percent increase...


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