Can the Federal Government Run a Seamless State Health Exchange -- and in Multiple States?

Thursday, July 21st, 2011 - 7:35
Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 07:30
A recent story from Politico raises an intriguing question about health care exchanges: Will the federal government have the authority to run them adequately in states that can’t/choose not to run them on their own?

AARP Reports Recommends Fewer Choices Better Than Many in Exchanges

Monday, July 18th, 2011 - 7:35
Monday, July 18, 2011 - 07:32
In a new report, AARP tackles the topic of consumer choice with regard to the establishment of state health insurance exchanges. While choice is often welcome, it is well-known that too many choices can often overwhelm consumers and undermine the benefit of having choices to begin with.

States Get Flexibility in Setting Up Insurance Exchanges

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 - 7:48
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 07:37
The Department of Health and Human Services on Monday released proposed rules to govern insurance exchanges in the states, according to Kaiser Health News and multiple media outlets. States have long been anticipating the rules to determine whether they would have significant leeway to implement the exchanges as they saw fit, or whether they'd have to comply with more specific rules from the federal government.

The Basic Health Option: A Little-Noticed Provision of Health Reform

Monday, July 11th, 2011 - 7:37
Monday, July 11, 2011 - 07:32
What is the Basic Health Program?

Lawmakers Set Sights on Independent Medicare Panel Next Week

Friday, July 8th, 2011 - 7:43
Friday, July 8, 2011 - 07:31
Next week, two House panels will hold hearings on a controversial independent board designed to make cuts to Medicare, according to Politico. The Independent Payment Advisory Board is made up of unelected officials who will make recommendations to Congress on how Medicare costs should be cut. Congress must then approve the recommended cuts, or come up with its own plan to cut an equal amount.

Another Round of Medicaid Reimbursement Cuts

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 - 7:45
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 07:32
As the new fiscal year begins, about a dozen states are reducing the amount they reimburse Medicaid providers in an effort to reduce the strain the program is placing on their budgets, according to Kaiser Health News in collaboration with USA Today. The cuts must get federal approval. Many other states have reduced Medicaid reimbursement rates in recent years. It is one of the easiest tools states have to reduce their costs.

Poll Shows Disconnect Between Public and GOP Sentiment on Medicare IPAB

Friday, July 1st, 2011 - 7:29
Friday, July 1, 2011 - 07:20
We've written before on this blog about how the Independent Payment Advisory Board is one of the few concrete cost-saving measures in the health reform law. We've also written about how many members of Congress -- and perhaps some democratic purists -- are uneasy about the idea because it invests a good deal of power into a board comprised of unelected members.

Most States Falling Behind on Insurance Exchanges

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 - 7:23
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 07:21
Most states are not currently prepared to meet the Jan. 1, 2014, deadline by which they must have insurance exchanges up and running, according to comments made by a former Health and Human Services Secretary in a Kaiser Health News story.

Report: Most of Health Reform's Public Health Initiatives Going Unfunded

Monday, June 27th, 2011 - 7:30
Monday, June 27, 2011 - 07:26
A report released by the American Public Health Association finds that efforts to boost preventive care and turn the nation away from a “sick care” system are falling behind because of a significant lack of funding.

HHS Makes Appealing Health Care Decisions More Difficult

Friday, June 24th, 2011 - 7:39
Friday, June 24, 2011 - 07:29
As part of an ongoing effort to balance competing interests in health reform, the Obama administration has made it more difficult for individuals to appeal medical care decisions under health reform.