(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.
Some major health insurance companies will no longer issue certain types of policies for children, an unintended consequence of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law.
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University takes a serious look at state budgets and the inflation of them caused by gimmickry, fiscal evasion, and fiscal illusion; all common practices which pass extra costs off to taxpayers.
To better understand the bill, the Alaska Policy Forum has compiled a timeline that outlines the legislation’s implementation.
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.
(New York Times) Having counted on Washington for money that may not be delivered, at least 30 states will have to close larger-than-anticipated shortfalls in the coming fiscal year unless Congress passes a six-month extension of increased federal spending on Medicaid.
(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.
(KTUU) Patients and staffers at Anchorage’s veterans’ clinic have waited two years for this day: the opening of their new building on North Muldoon Road. Less than seven miles from the site of the new crime lab, the new clinic measures 184,000 square feet, but with a price tag that should make Alaska policymakers take notice.
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.