As MACRA Implementation Proceeds, Changes Are Needed

MACRA threatens to push many providers out of fee-for-service before they have a safe place to land. Policy makers should consider both making the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System less onerous and greatly accelerating the development and implementation of viable alternative payment models.

April 21, 2017

Medicaid Work Requirements: Who’s At Risk?

Work requirements, such as those proposed in the AHCA, might pressure a small number to gain work on a temporary basis, but is it worth the trade off of causing millions to lose their health insurance coverage?

April 12, 2017

Medicaid Responds To The Opioid Epidemic: Regulating Prescribing And Finding Ways To Expand Treatment Access

Nearly 12 percent of adults covered by Medicaid have a substance use disorder. It is important to recognize that Medicaid programs remain on the front lines -- and to consider how to most effectively support individual state responses.

April 11, 2017

What Now?: A Four Step Plan For Bipartisan Health Reform

In four broad steps, we have an opportunity to move past partisan bickering and put our health care system on stronger footing.

April 4, 2017

CBO Provides A Roadmap For Improving AHCA

CBO is basically correct that AHCA would trigger a short-run rise in premiums and both short- and longer-term increases in the number of uninsured people. Instead of trying to discredit these findings, AHCA’s authors would be better off using CBO’s estimate as a guide for fixing the bill.

April 4, 2017

Just The Facts: What Consumers In Michigan Told Us About Accessing Care Under The Affordable Care Act

Many who argue that the ACA has failed say that consumers, including those with Medicaid coverage, have had difficulty finding doctors to treat them under ACA plans. Are these claims true?

March 31, 2017

Five Lessons From The AHCA’s Demise

Legislative efforts have a lifespan but our health care system does not. So whether we are still rejoicing or recriminating, let’s take a look at some timeless principles we can apply to the ongoing effort to improve health care in the United States.

March 27, 2017

The House Manager’s Medicaid Amendments: The State Block Grant Option

Titled “Flexible Block Grant Option for States,” the amendment adds a coda of sorts to the bill’s new Medicaid per capita cap payment system. It would virtually eliminate any coverage obligations.

March 21, 2017

Redesigning New Jersey’s Medicaid Program: Philanthropy Steps Up

When state governments do not take the lead in fundamentally transforming their Medicaid programs, foundations can step up to support Medicaid modernization. A foundation in the Garden State saw an opening to provide the next governor's administration with a ready-to-roll, nonpartisan plan for...

March 21, 2017

Conservatives Are Using The American Health Care Act To Restrict Private Insurance From Covering Abortion

While House Republicans find themselves divided on a wide range of important issues in the American Health Care Act , in one area they are united. The new legislation's language barring federal money from being used to support any private insurance plan that covers abortion.

March 21, 2017