Health Care

Lawmakers Not Giving Up on Medicare Reforms

While the latest Medicare Trustees report showed slightly improved projections, the long-term challenges of health care cost growth and population aging remain unresolved. Fortunately, some policymakers in Congress remain committed to slowing the growing spending in Medicare and bending the health care cost curve.

Holtz-Eakin: Medicare Still Needs Reform

The recent slowdown of health care spending growth is one of the more positive developments in the budget over the past few years. Despite the slowdown, Doug Holtz-Eakin, former CBO director and current president of the American Action Forum, writes in The Hill that Medicare is still in need of reform to slow its cost growth.

A Closer Look at the Medicare Actuary's Alternative Medicare Projections

Earlier this week, we discussed the new Medicare Trustees projections which project that the Hospital Insurance (HI, or Part A) trust fund will be exhausted by 2026. In our analysis, we highlighted the alternative projections that incorporate several policy changes that lawmakers may make to current law in light have the impact they have on providers and beneficiaries.

Medicare Trust Fund Exhaustion Now Set for 2026

Along with their report on the financial status of the Social Security trust fund, the Social Security and Medicare Trustees on Friday released a separate analysis on the Medicare program.

WATCH: Social Security and Medicare Trustees Release Their Reports

At 11 AM Eastern time, the Social Security and Medicare trustees will release their respective reports on the finances of the two programs over the next 75 years. The release will be done at a press conference with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris, and public trustees Charles Blahous and Robert Reischauer. You can watch the webcast of the press conference here.

The Economist on Entitlement Reform

Notwithstanding the recent short-term progress in reducing the deficit, our long-term debt outlook remains a problem. Although additional revenue will be needed, long-term success in making the debt sustainable will hinge on the ability of policymakers to slow the growth of entitlement spending.

Energy and Commerce Dips Its Toe Into the SGR Pool

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee took a small step in the process to replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula -- Medicare's physician payment "system" -- with a more stable and efficient alternative by issuing draft legislation. Passed in 1997, the SGR formula is a backstop for Medicare spending which adjusts physician payments based on whether the program meets certain spending targets.

The Latest on the Affordable Care Act

Although it may be difficult to get an updated comprehensive score of the Affordable Care Act from CBO, CBO has updated its estimate of the coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act with each new baseline. This baseline is no exception.

Upton and Hatch's Blueprint to Reform Medicaid

This week, Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep.

MY VIEW: Laura Tyson

In a piece for Project Syndicate, former Council of Economic Advisers chair and CRFB board member Laura Tyson discusses the recent slowdown in health care spending growth and its potential implications for the budget outlook.

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