Daily Policy Digest

Health Issues

Medicaid: Broken, In Need of Reform

Today there are essentially 50 different Medicaid programs whose total spending accounts for 2.8 percent of gross domestic product, or $400 billion a year...

Insurance Tax Could Cost States Billions

The ObamaCare tax on insurance plans could cost the states as much as $15 billion...

Budget Proposal Seeks Home Health Care Copay

The problem with the assumption that many people are using home health care that could instead seek outpatient care is that home health care prevents a lot of inpatient hospital stays...

No Relationship between Patient Satisfaction and Surgical Quality

The results of a new study show that there is little relationship between a hospital's patient satisfaction scores and quality ratings...

Hospitals Profit When Surgeries Go Awry

Hospitals earned 330 percent higher profit margins on surgeries with one or more complications when they were paid for by private insurers...

ObamaCare Rule Creates Health Care Disparities among States

The policy for determining federal subsidies for the essential health benefits package penalizes states that previously tried to keep health costs more affordable while rewarding states that previously had more generous plans...

State Solutions Can Improve Medicaid

While many states have opted not to expand Medicaid, states also have the choice of implementing innovative, market-driven solutions to improving Medicaid...

Texas Vet Loses License over Internet Consultations

The Texas veterinary board suspended a retired veterinarian's license after discovering that his practice was strictly Internet-based...

Affordable Care Act's Medical Device Tax Is Counterproductive

The medical device tax increases the per-unit price of a good by 2.3 percent at the point of the manufacturer and before the medical device reaches the wholesaler or hospital...

Young Adults on Parents' Health Plans Cost More

Young adults newly enrolled in their parents' health insurance incurred $2,866 in health costs on average; young adults with their own coverage averaged $2,472 for health services...


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