The Medicare Chief Actuary has published his own Medicare projections report, calling the official Trustees’ report “unreasonable” and “implausible.” The Trustees’ report is based on current law, and not inclusive of changes caused by the resent healthcare overhaul.
(Congressional Research Service) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act creates, requires others to create, or authorizes dozens of new entities to implement the legislation, and the total number is yet to be determined because of the ambiguity of the law.
Almost everyone believes there is an enormous amount of waste and inefficiency in health care. But why is that? In a normal market, wherever there is waste, entrepreneurs are likely to be in hot pursuit — figuring out ways to profit from its elimination by cost-reducing, quality-enhancing innovations. Why isn’t this happening in health care?
Burke Balch explains how the federal health care law was passed to avoid a two-tiered system and about The Darthmouth Atlas and how it is used to justify health care rationing.
Though it was the chief model used to form President Obama’s health-care legislation, the Massachusetts program hasn’t done what it promised.
(Boston Globe) A new study says nearly 40 percent of Connecticut’s Medicaid recipients smoke.
(The Heritage Foundation) As Medicaid prepares for a massive swarm of new enrollees House Democrats urge their colleagues for more federal funding to keep the program afloat.
(National Center For Policy Analysis) The United States is facing a severe shortage of primary care physicians that will only worsen in coming years. Using other medical personnel to free doctors from routine tasks might allow physicians to concentrate on those medical tasks for which they are uniquely qualified.
The health care reform bill passed earlier this year included significant expansions of state medicaid programs. Officials are still adding up the costs.
The Ohio Senate approved a bill that mandates a 30 minute exercise period in schools, among other nutritional requirements. Ohio, with one in three children obese, aims to monitor and control each student’s body weight.
Alaska will be unable to fund 100 percent of the PERS obligations until 2034, according to an evaulation by a consulting firm. Rising salaries are creating a larger liability according to officials.
After an independent review of Alaska’s public retirement systems revealed more than $24 billion in unfunded liabilities, state officials said the steady annual increases in debt were caused by a combination of unhealthy markets and rising health care costs.
(AP) New healthcare legislation allowing adults to remain under the coverage of their parents’ plan is expected to raise premiums near 1 percent. This coming despite the campaign promise that premiums would be reduced by 2,500 per average family.
(USA Today) While the Internal Revenue Service can impose liens or levies, seize property or seek jail time against people who don’t pay taxes, it’s barred from taking such actions against taxpayers who […]
(Wall Street Journal) Massachusetts law makers imposed new laws on insurance companies in 2006, including terms such as the inability to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions. This caused systematic abuse resulting operating […]
(GPO.gov) Here’s your new health care plan, America: All 2,407 pages of it. (PDF 4.08MB)