Tag Archives: AHCA

Medicaid Under Block Grants: Lessons From Welfare Reform

The case of welfare reform illustrates a possible scenario under Medicaid block grants: both federal and state spending drop off, with state spending diverted to other uses.

July 7, 2017

A Health Care War On The Poor

The unmistakable hallmark of these bills, however, is that they constitute a very cruel war on the poor. By far, no demographic group would be hurt more by these legislative proposals than low-income people.

June 27, 2017

Sounding The Alarms On Children’s Health Coverage

Buried beneath a very intense discussion on the future of adult coverage in this country has been a far more serious issue in children’s coverage many years in the making.

June 26, 2017

Medicare’s Programs Should Compete

Fielding three Medicare programs might make sense if they were designed to compete against one another.

June 15, 2017

The Basis For Compromise On Medicaid Reform And Expansion

A compromise plan would combine a middle-ground expansion of the program with financing reforms that lower costs over the longer term without imposing undue risks to beneficiaries or the states.

June 15, 2017

The Senate Should Build Automatic Enrollment Into Health Reform. Here’s How.

Building an automatic enrollment system will be complex and will require the cooperation of state governments, providers of medical services, and insurers, if it is to be successful.

June 5, 2017

ERISA: A Bipartisan Problem For The ACA And The AHCA

ERISA and health reform have not meshed well. The US Supreme Court has not helped. The Court decided two important ERISA cases last term and has another one, Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, in the term about to conclude. Those interested in health care should watch this case closely.

June 2, 2017

Trump Budget Proposes Big Health Cuts

Over the next ten years, President Trump’s FY 2018 budget proposal would cut Obamacare by $1.25 trillion, reducing the deficit by $250 billion, through the AHCA. Beyond that, Trump’s budget would cut Medicaid spending by $610 billion and cut CHIP by $5.8 billion (while extending it through 2019).

May 23, 2017

Can States Survive The Per Capita Medicaid Caps In The AHCA?

From a state perspective, Medicaid is a very lean program, and the challenge of responding to the proposed reductions in the federal Medicaid funds may be daunting.

May 17, 2017

Medicaid: What Happens Now?

Medicaid reform demands a deliberative process, one that operates in regular order and carefully considers a wide range of options for controlling costs in the nation’s single largest source of health insurance.

May 17, 2017