Tag Archives: AHCA

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

House Passes AHCA: How It Happened, What It Would Do, And Its Uncertain Senate Future

On May 4, 2017 the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a near party-line vote of 217-213.

May 4, 2017

Correcting Misconceptions About Invisible Risk-Sharing

An amendment to the AHCA draws in part from a proposal to include an invisible high-risk pool. Based on an independent analysis, there are a few misconceptions that should be corrected and changes that could improve the invisible risk-sharing program.

April 25, 2017

Loathing And Loving As A Pathway To Meaningful Health Care Reform

Democrats and Republicans each need to decide what they want so much that they would be willing to accept something they really loathe in exchange in order to reach consensus on a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

April 21, 2017