Variation in Health Care Spending: Target Decision Making, Not Geography

New from the National Academies Press: Health care in the United States is more expensive than in other developed countries, costing $2.7 trillion in 2011, or 17.9 percent of the national gross domestic product. Increasing costs strain budgets at all levels of government and threaten the solvency of Medicare, the nation s largest health insurer. … Continue reading Variation in Health Care Spending: Target Decision Making, Not Geography

Promoting cooperative federalism through state shared savings

From the Health Affairs blog:  A new commentary, being released today as a Web First by Health Affairs, discusses the concept of "cooperative federalism" in light of the Affordable Care Act. It proposes an optional shared savings program between the states and the federal government as a response to concerns that there may be increased federal control over … Continue reading Promoting cooperative federalism through state shared savings

Feds say “no” to partial Medicaid expansion

From NPR's Shots blog: The Affordable Care Act, as passed by Congress in 2010, assumed that every low income person would have access to health insurance starting in 2014. That's when about 17 million Americans — mostly unmarried healthy adults with incomes up to 133 percent of poverty, or about $15,000 a year — would … Continue reading Feds say “no” to partial Medicaid expansion

Sharp cuts in dental coverage for adults on Medicaid

From the New York Times: Banned from tightening Medicaid eligibility in recent years, many states have instead slashed optional benefits for millions of poor adults in the program. Teeth have suffered disproportionately.Republican- and Democratic-controlled states alike have reduced or largely eliminated dental coverage for adults on Medicaid, the shared state and federal health insurance program … Continue reading Sharp cuts in dental coverage for adults on Medicaid

Healthcare Innovations Summit – Recap now available

On January 26, 2012, health delivery systems, physicians, innovators, policymakers, academics and venture capitalists gathered at the Care Innovations Summit in Washington, DC. More than 1,200 individuals participated in person and an additional 3,000 joined online. Hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI), and Health Affairs, … Continue reading Healthcare Innovations Summit – Recap now available

New Study Suggests Improvements For Estimating Who Is Eligible For Health Insurance Exchange Subsidies

From Health Affairs: State governments are preparing for the advent of individual health insurance exchanges in 2014, and for the projected seventeen million Americans who meet certain income eligibility criteria but are not eligible for Medicaid or an affordable employer-sponsored plan who will be awarded federal tax credits to offset the cost of purchasing coverage … Continue reading New Study Suggests Improvements For Estimating Who Is Eligible For Health Insurance Exchange Subsidies

In state news – Mich. Medicaid Director: “a struggle” to meet deadlines if law upheld

From Kaiser Health News: KHN's Mary Agnes Carey talks to Michigan Medicaid Director Steve Fitton about how it will be a "struggle" for his state to be ready to implement the health law on schedule if the Supreme Court upholds the measure. But he's confident that Michigan can handle the expected new enrollees in Medicaid. … Continue reading In state news – Mich. Medicaid Director: “a struggle” to meet deadlines if law upheld

Report offers glimpse of health law’s Impact on Washington State

From Kaiser Health News, KUOW, and NPR: Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is weighing in on the fate of the Affordable Care Act with a report released this week about what’s at stake for Washingtonians if the law is overturned by the Supreme Court. “There’s so much confusion and misunderstanding out there,” says Kreidler, … Continue reading Report offers glimpse of health law’s Impact on Washington State