Category Archives: Medicaid

Resetting the Scoreboard: Why CBO Should Abandon Its Flawed Analysis of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

One of the impediments to repealing and replacing Obamacare has been a belief by the Congressional Budget Office that substantial federal savings will be achieved by innovative demonstration projects in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program called for under the law. The CBO bases this conclusion about these savings not on analyses of […]

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Health Reform: Helping the States Help the Poor

Many Catholics, especially Catholic leaders, have been conflicted over bills that have been presented to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act:  They strenuously object to the ACA’s affront to religious liberty yet they know it offers access to health insurance for millions, including those who have been left behind in our bifurcated system. Bishop […]

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The Medicaid FMAP under the ACA

Congress is currently pursuing Medicaid reform as part of the American Health Care Act. Most people agree that Medicaid should help the poor, particularly those whose poverty is related to their age and disability. However, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires the federal government to pay a much greater share of the medical bills for […]

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Doug Badger – Medicaid: Per Capita Analysis

  Dire Predictions About the Effects of AHCA’s Per Capita Allocations Find No Support in the CMS Data by Doug Badger The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would establish per capita Medicaid allocation levels, beginning in 2020,[i] as part of changes to give states more flexibility and incentives to improve care delivery and cost-effectiveness in […]

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CBO Is Wrong And Its Numbers Shouldn’t Deter Needed Reform

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) launched its latest mistaken Obamacare-related estimate this week, predicting that a House-passed bill to repeal and replace the embattled law would lead to 23 million more uninsured people by 2026. Although CBO itself acknowledges that this latest prediction is “especially uncertain,” one thing is especially certain: CBO is wrong. We […]

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New Taxes Won’t Lower Drug Prices

Prescription drug prices continue to be a hot political issue, with the Trump administration preparing to release an action plan as soon as repeal and replace legislation clears Congress. Mick Mulvaney, who heads the White House budget office and is participating in the talks, floated an idea last week that should quickly be crossed off […]

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