I spent November 30 at a terrific small-group University of Chicago conference on states’ implementation of the Medicaid expansion in health reform. The conference was sponsored by the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law. (My colleague Colleen Grogan organized the conference. She edits JHPPL.) The group consisted of a number of state Medicaid administrators here, along with a small group of academic researchers.READ MORE
This past week, I reviewed polling data from 2011 showing how opposed the public was then to the conservative idea of cutting funding for the Medicare program and turning it into a fixed-amount voucher system that seniors would have to use to purchase private health insurance. I suggested the public was unlikely to be much friendlier to the idea this year.READ MORE
In “Getting More Value from Medicare,” Maggie Mahar points out that past proposals for containing Medicare’s costs, such as putting a cap on physicians’ fees or requiring beneficiaries to pay more for their care, have not worked. She calls for a fundamental set of reforms that would not only save money but also improve the quality of care that beneficiaries receive.READ MORE
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