Health Care

How Simpson and Bowles Protect the Disadvantaged

Among the principles outlined by former Fiscal Commission co-chairs Senator Al Simpson and Erskine Bowles in their new plan A Bipartisan Path Forward is that a reasonable debt reduction plan must protect the disadvantaged.

Why the Health Care Slowdown Is Unlikely to Last

Last month, we looked at reasons why some projections showing a slowdown health care costs most likely will not pan out.  Although the recent slowdown of health care cost growth is a very welcome sign, and one we hope will continue, there are factors that will put upward pressure on costs.  Specifically, these include temporary shifts due to changes in the economy, permanent one-time level cuts under the Affordable Car

The Bipartisan Path Forward's Medicare Buy-in

In an effort to bridge differences in long-term structural reforms to federal health spending, former Fiscal Commission co-chairs Senator Al Simpson and Erskine Bowles have proposed a new spin to a familiar policy.

How Simpson and Bowles Plan to Bend the Health Care Cost Curve

In their new deficit reduction proposal, A Bipartisan Path Forward, former Fiscal Commission co-chairs former Senator Al Simpson (R-WY) and Erskine Bowles include $585 billion in savings to federal health spending.

Bipartisan Policy Center's $560 Billion Plan to Lower Health Care Costs

A new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Health Care Cost Containment Initiative was released today containing roughly $560 billion in savings to federal health spending over the next decade. The report, "A Bipartisan Rx for Patient-Centered Care and System-wide Cost Containment," offers a detailed and integrated plan for reforming federal health programs and bending the health care cost curve.

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?

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