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Read the latest on Medicaid reform

Limit Medicaid enrollment to alleviate wait times

The Biden administration is trying to help people on Medicaid see the doctor faster. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services just finalized a regulation establishing a maximum wait of 15 business days for a Medicaid beneficiary to get a primary care appointment. Decreeing that wait times must be shorter ...
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People think Medicare is going bankrupt

People are pessimistic about Medicare’s longevity. Roughly 7 in 10 adults under 65 say they’re “worried” or “extremely worried” the program won’t be around when they need it, according to a new Gallup poll. That may come as no surprise. Medicare expenditures exceeded $1 trillion in 2023. They’re on track to grow by roughly $930 billion over the next ...
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Read the latest on the Affordable Care Act

Why Next President Needs to Scrap Enhanced Subsidies

The Affordable Care Act’s defenders are sounding the alarm over the health law’s future under a possible second Trump presidency. The conventional wisdom suggests that, should Donald Trump win in November, the enhanced premium subsidies signed into law by President Joe Biden would be allowed to expire on December 31, 2025. That ...
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Medicaid’s Mission Creep Is Hurting the Poor and Disabled

What do air conditioners, mini fridges, and air purifiers have in common? According to Medicaid authorities in Oregon, they’re all forms of health care. Across the country, state Medicaid programs are suffering from a serious case of mission creep. Officials are trying to use Medicaid dollars to pay for everything ...
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Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act Unravels Medicare Part D

In May, Medicare bureaucrats released new guidance that details how they’ll conduct the drug pricing “negotiations” authorized by the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act. They’re mostly maintaining the policies in last year’s inaugural round of price setting—which means the quality of seniors’ Medicare Part D coverage will continue to deteriorate. When President Biden ...
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End Rampant Fraud in Federal Health Programs

The facts are astonishing: an estimated $1 billion a year in fraudulent payments, untold thousands of ineligible beneficiaries, and a public agency that refuses to conduct an audit. Welcome to the $60 billion-a-year Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which provides insurance coverage for more than 8 million federal workers and their ...
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Read the latest on short-term health plans

Biden Goes “Over The Top” In Latest Offensive Of The War Over Obamacare

The Biden administration just launched a new offensive in the decade-long regulatory war over Obamacare. It finalized a rule earlier this spring that severely restricts Americans’ ability to purchase short-term health plans—effectively rolling back a Trump administration rule that had greatly expanded access to them. The White House claims the new rule ...
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Read the latest on Medicare spending

Focus Medicare’s Dwindling Resources to Those Most in Need

Medicare’s trustees released their annual report this week. It paints a bleak picture of the program’s future. Total spending on the healthcare entitlement for seniors exceeded $1 trillion last year, the trustees note — some $12 billion more than the program took in. If current trends continue, Medicare’s Part A hospital insurance ...
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Medicare Is in Serious Need of Reform. Biden’s Budget Plan Won’t Cut It.

President Joe Biden recently unveiled his $7.3 trillion budget proposal for next fiscal year. He has pitched his plan as one that would “preserve Medicare benefits and the Medicare trust fund.” It’s a nice soundbite. But it’s not the whole story. The president’s budget would raise taxes without solving Medicare’s ...
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Read the latest on Biden's plans for affordable healthcare

Why Does ‘Unifier’ Biden Want to End Affordable Healthcare?

The Biden administration is about to effectively outlaw some of the most affordable health plans on the market and cast scores of people into the ranks of the uninsured. At issue is a rule the administration finalized last month. The rule will bar short-term health plans from lasting any more than three ...
Commentary

Read the latest on Medicaid reform

Limit Medicaid enrollment to alleviate wait times

The Biden administration is trying to help people on Medicaid see the doctor faster. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services just finalized a regulation establishing a maximum wait of 15 business days for a Medicaid beneficiary to get a primary care appointment. Decreeing that wait times must be shorter ...
Commentary

People think Medicare is going bankrupt

People are pessimistic about Medicare’s longevity. Roughly 7 in 10 adults under 65 say they’re “worried” or “extremely worried” the program won’t be around when they need it, according to a new Gallup poll. That may come as no surprise. Medicare expenditures exceeded $1 trillion in 2023. They’re on track to grow by roughly $930 billion over the next ...
Commentary

Read the latest on the Affordable Care Act

Why Next President Needs to Scrap Enhanced Subsidies

The Affordable Care Act’s defenders are sounding the alarm over the health law’s future under a possible second Trump presidency. The conventional wisdom suggests that, should Donald Trump win in November, the enhanced premium subsidies signed into law by President Joe Biden would be allowed to expire on December 31, 2025. That ...
Commentary

Medicaid’s Mission Creep Is Hurting the Poor and Disabled

What do air conditioners, mini fridges, and air purifiers have in common? According to Medicaid authorities in Oregon, they’re all forms of health care. Across the country, state Medicaid programs are suffering from a serious case of mission creep. Officials are trying to use Medicaid dollars to pay for everything ...
Commentary

Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act Unravels Medicare Part D

In May, Medicare bureaucrats released new guidance that details how they’ll conduct the drug pricing “negotiations” authorized by the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act. They’re mostly maintaining the policies in last year’s inaugural round of price setting—which means the quality of seniors’ Medicare Part D coverage will continue to deteriorate. When President Biden ...
Commentary

End Rampant Fraud in Federal Health Programs

The facts are astonishing: an estimated $1 billion a year in fraudulent payments, untold thousands of ineligible beneficiaries, and a public agency that refuses to conduct an audit. Welcome to the $60 billion-a-year Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which provides insurance coverage for more than 8 million federal workers and their ...
Commentary

Read the latest on short-term health plans

Biden Goes “Over The Top” In Latest Offensive Of The War Over Obamacare

The Biden administration just launched a new offensive in the decade-long regulatory war over Obamacare. It finalized a rule earlier this spring that severely restricts Americans’ ability to purchase short-term health plans—effectively rolling back a Trump administration rule that had greatly expanded access to them. The White House claims the new rule ...
Commentary

Read the latest on Medicare spending

Focus Medicare’s Dwindling Resources to Those Most in Need

Medicare’s trustees released their annual report this week. It paints a bleak picture of the program’s future. Total spending on the healthcare entitlement for seniors exceeded $1 trillion last year, the trustees note — some $12 billion more than the program took in. If current trends continue, Medicare’s Part A hospital insurance ...
Commentary

Medicare Is in Serious Need of Reform. Biden’s Budget Plan Won’t Cut It.

President Joe Biden recently unveiled his $7.3 trillion budget proposal for next fiscal year. He has pitched his plan as one that would “preserve Medicare benefits and the Medicare trust fund.” It’s a nice soundbite. But it’s not the whole story. The president’s budget would raise taxes without solving Medicare’s ...
Commentary

Read the latest on Biden's plans for affordable healthcare

Why Does ‘Unifier’ Biden Want to End Affordable Healthcare?

The Biden administration is about to effectively outlaw some of the most affordable health plans on the market and cast scores of people into the ranks of the uninsured. At issue is a rule the administration finalized last month. The rule will bar short-term health plans from lasting any more than three ...
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