Daily Policy Digest

Health Issues

2015 Obamacare Enrollees Receiving Higher Subsidies

More 2015 enrollees are receiving government subsidies than did their 2014 counterparts...

No Health Benefit from Cigarette Tax Hikes

Current smokers -- already willing to shell out a significant sum for cigarettes -- are unlikely to be deterred by further tobacco taxes...

Consumers Have Less Choice in ACA Exchanges

The exchange in 2015 is 21.5 percent less competitive than the individual market was in 2013...

How Many Americans Will Have to Pay the Individual Mandate Penalty?

This upcoming tax season will be the first time taxpayers will have to report to the IRS whether they had insurance this past year...

Medicare Makes $22 Million in Improper, Eye-Related Payments

In 2012, Medicare paid $8.2 billion for eye-related insurance claims…...

Expect a Big Premium Hike in 2017

Are your Obamacare premiums lower than you expected this year? Don't celebrate quite yet...

How Do Health Savings Accounts Work?

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) give health care consumers more control over their own health spending, and they're one of the reasons cited for the recent slowdown in health care costs...

Is Obamacare Responsible for a Spending Slowdown?

Has Obamacare slowed health care cost growth?...

Hospital Consolidation Has a Price

Hospital and physician practice consolidation can better coordinate care, but it also increases costs...

Spending Projections for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security

$305 billion was spent on Medicaid this year, a figure that will skyrocket to $570 billion in 2024...


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