Negotiations to end surprise billing have been at an impasse for nearly a year. Discussions between the White House and congressional leaders over another coronavirus bill offer an opportunity to finally end this practice that defrauds millions of patients every year. The lobbying battle lines are well defined. On one side stand the private equity firms that have bought medical staffing agencies … [Read more...] about It’s time to ban balance billing
Government imposition of widespread lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have produced profound economic dislocations. Congress has sought to mitigate this economic damage by enacting a series of bills that have raised federal spending, deficits, and debt to extraordinary levels. Current deficits and debt are instructive, but insufficient, measures of a government’s financial … [Read more...] about Potential Long-Term Economic Consequences of the Federal Response to the COVID-19 Lockdowns
An open letter to the American people from 82 participants in the Health Policy Consensus Group and other health care leaders The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the need for flexibility in our health sector and for public officials to do more to empower medical professionals and health care innovators to provide the care and coverage people want and need. Those goals must guide … [Read more...] about Responding to the Coronavirus Crisis and Building a Stronger Health Sector for the Future
Galen Senior Fellow Brian Blase concludes in an important new paper that the formula being proposed by leading House Democrats to provide coronavirus relief to states would exacerbate Medicaid’s already-serious problems and provide a huge incentive for states to keep their unemployment rates high. His analysis shows most states would receive $19 in federal money for every $1 they spend through … [Read more...] about Incentives and Data Matter: An analysis of the left’s coronavirus relief plan
Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal by Brian Blase | The left’s new priority is to convince Congress to send hundreds of billions of additional dollars to states to help them weather the coronavirus storm. A leading Democratic proposal would funnel the money through Medicaid, with a built-in incentive for states to keep their economies closed and unemployment rates high. The bill, … [Read more...] about Caution! Medicaid and coronavirus relief don’t mix!