Health Care

How Does the President Achieve His Health Care Savings?

Included in the President’s FY 2014 budget proposal is a $400 billion package of health care savings. As we described in our analysis of his budget, these health savings are part of the President’s deficit reduction offer that was also on the table during the fiscal cliff negotiations and offered as replacement to sequestration.

Gregg: Reform Medicare with a Value-Based Withhold

In an op-ed in The Hill, former Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) makes the case for one approach towards reforming Medicare which he believes could bring lawmakers on both sides of the aisle together.

Support Grows for Medicare Cost-Sharing Reforms

Over the last week, we’ve highlighted two potential area of common ground on Medicare reform: cost-sharing reforms and raising the Medicare age with a buy-in. Even more momentum is building behind Medicare cost-sharing reforms.

Is a Buy-In the Bipartisan Answer to Raising the Medicare Age?

Last week we discussed the potential for bipartisan agreement on Medicare cost-sharing reforms, and today Politico reports on another area of entitlement reform where lawmakers may be able to reach middle ground: raising the Medicare age.

Medicare Advantage Payment Increase Explained

In a surprising move yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a reversal in their previous plans to cut payments to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans by 2.2 percent in 2014. Instead, CMS announced MA plans will now receive a 3.3 percent increase in payments next year. So, what changed their position so dramatically?

Common Ground on Medicare Reform?

Listening to reports on recent budget negotiations in Washington may lead you to believe compromise between the two parties is near impossible, considering what sounds like countless irreconcilable differences. However, an article in yesterday’s New York Times shows that House Republicans and the Administration may not be as far apart as it may seem, at least when it comes to Medicare.

The Affordable Care Act Turns Three

Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. The legislation expands health insurance to about 30 million people by expanding Medicaid and creating a new health insurance exchange for individuals to purchase subsidized insurance. Those spending increases are paid for in a number of ways, including provider payment and Medicare Advantage cuts, fees on health industry companies, and upper-income tax increases.

Durbin Voices His Support for Entitlement Reform

In a Wall Street Journal breakfast yesterday, Senate Majority Whip and former Fiscal Commission member Dick Durbin (D-IL) reiterated his support for entitlement reform in a comprehensive debt deal. We've said time and time again that the only way lawmakers are likely to resolve our long-term debt problem is by putting everything on the table, and we commend Durbin for his approach.

The Most Misleading Chart You'll See This Week

Late last week, the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) released the annual Economic Report of the President outlining the Administration's latest economic policies and priorities.

MedPAC: The Time is Now for SGR Repeal

We've discussed many times before the important role entitlement reform plays in addressing our long-term debt. As the baby boomer generation continues to age and health care costs continue to grow faster than the economy, federal health care spending is expected to rise and comprise a growing share of the federal budget.

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