Health Care Commentary

With pandemic fatigue becoming ever more intense, there is increasing speculation about when the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, might become "endemic" – a time when outbreaks will be more modest and manageable and we can "coexist" with the virus. That juncture has been described as when...

Last week, the South Carolina state Senate voted overwhelmingly to end the state's certificate of need program, which requires healthcare providers to seek government approval before building or expanding a hospital or purchasing pricey medical equipment. Such policies have long been justified as tools for avoiding duplicative or wasteful healthcare...

As omicron rips across the United States, the Biden administration has started handing out 1 billion rapid COVID-19 tests to Americans. But households are limited to just four tests. And they’ll have to wait nearly two weeks for their tests to arrive in the mail....

Improving vulnerable populations’ access to medicines is clearly important. But something is amiss when a program that is supposed to improve access to healthcare has turned into a cash cow for hospitals. Yet, that is what has happened to the obscure 340B drug discount program. Too...

More than 28.5 million patients are now enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, according to new federal data. That's up nearly 9% compared with the same time last year. More than 40% of the more than 63 million people enrolled in Medicare are now in an MA plan. Enrollment in MA has been...

One of the most important health care protections for low-income Americans is the requirement that state Medicaid programs cover nearly all medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This directive prevents states from balancing their books on the backs of the poor by excluding...

Democrats in Congress are working to resurrect the Build Back Better Act, their massive social spending proposal that stalled in the Senate last month. To be certain, there's plenty of disagreement across the party's moderate and progressive wings. Yet, they're largely aligned on healthcare. Indeed, Democrats are determined to...

Last Tuesday, the Biden administration launched its new website for ordering COVID-19 tests. They did so one day earlier than expected. We're well into year three of the pandemic. And a concerted effort to get more tests to the public now passes for progress? Let's be...