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No, Medicaid Isn’t Broken

With Medicaid about to be a focal point of debate in the Senate, Drew Altman’s Axios column looks at why the idea that the program is broken is more urban legend than fact.

Why Trump’s Dealmaking Model Doesn’t Fit Health Care Policy

In this column as an Axios contributor, Drew Altman discusses President Trump’s threat to withhold cost sharing subsidies and questions whether his approach to deal making can bridge health care’s partisan and ideological divide. “Health policy is not like real estate,” he says.

JAMA Forum: Is the Affordable Care Act Imploding?

In this April 2017 post, Larry Levitt discusses the current status of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces, and explains how the Trump administration’s choices — including whether to continue cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers — could influence stability of the marketplaces going forward. The post is now available at The JAMA Forum.

A Warning From the Polls About Letting Obamacare “Explode”

In this column for Axios, Drew Altman sees a warning for the Trump administration and Republicans in the latest Kaiser Tracking Poll: the more they do to undermine the Affordable Care Act marketplaces the more the public is likely to hold them, and not the Democrats, accountable for the problems with the law.

Don’t Expect Medicaid Work Requirements to Make a Big Difference

Under the Trump Administration, some Republican governors may look to move their Medicaid programs in a more conservative direction. In his latest column for Axios, Drew Altman discusses the arguments about Medicaid “work requirements” and why few people are likely to be affected by them in practice.

Why Deductibles Would Rise Under the GOP Health Care Plan

This inaugural Drew Altman column for Axios examines how the GOP House bill would impact deductibles for people who buy insurance in the non-group market. A KFF analysis for the column shows deductibles in a typical non-group plan would be about $1550 higher under the American Health Care Act compared to the Affordable Care Act.

Health Affairs Blog: Medicare Premium Support Proposals Could Increase Costs for Today’s Seniors, Despite Assurances

In a Health Affairs blog post, Tricia Neuman and Gretchen Jacobson of the Kaiser Family Foundation examine how proposals to convert Medicare to a premium support system could lead to higher Medicare premiums and cost-sharing for seniors currently enrolled in the program, even if today’s seniors are “grandfathered” and the new system is phased-in for people ages 55 and younger. The blog post explains how today’s seniors could face higher health care costs, if older beneficiaries are separated, at least actuarially, from younger ones. Lawmakers could implement policies to prevent cost increases for seniors, but doing so would reduce Medicare savings, a key objective of many premium support proposals.

The Republican Health-care Plan the Country Isn’t Debating

In this Washington Post op-ed, Drew Altman discusses how Republicans’ ideas to change Medicaid and Medicare and repeal the Affordable Care Act would fundamentally change the federal role in health, calling it: the biggest change in health we are NOT debating.

JAMA Forum: What Might an ACA Replacement Plan Look Like?

Larry Levitt’s January 2017 post explains the logistics of a “repeal and delay” approach to the Affordable Care Act, and outlines key elements of a proposed replacement plan from Rep. Tom Price, who is President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. The post is now available at The JAMA Forum.

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