This fact sheet provides an overview of the Mexico City Policy, which requires foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to certify that they will not “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning,” using funds from any source (including non-U.S. funds), as a condition for receiving U.S. government global family planning assistance and any other U.S. global health assistance.
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In response to higher drug spending growth and heightened attention to drug prices, some policymakers have proposed allowing Medicare to negotiate the price of prescription drugs. This issue brief provides a short history of this proposal, describes various approaches, and assessments of their potential savings from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and considers the prospects for action in the future.
Private Contracts Between Doctors and Their Medicare Patients: Current Law, Proposed Changes and Implications for Beneficiaries
Under current law, physicians may choose to privately contract with their Medicare patients, though very few do. Under such arrangements, doctors can charge their Medicare patients any amount they determine is appropriate for their services rather than be bound to Medicare’s set fees and balance billing limits, so long as…
On January 23, President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, which stipulates that in order to receive U.S. global family planning funding, foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) must certify that they will not perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning using funds from any source. A…
Private Contracts Between Doctors and Medicare Patients: Key Questions and Implications of Proposed Policy Changes
Changes in Medicare’s private contracting laws could have significant implications for beneficiaries, doctors, and the Medicare program. This brief summarizes the three options that physicians and practitioners currently have for charging Medicare patients, explains how private contracting works in Medicare under current law, and reviews current proposals on changes to private contracting in Medicare, as well as their implications for patients, physicians, and the Medicare program.
This was published as a Wall Street Journal Think Tank column on January 23, 2017. Republicans see high-risk pools run by states playing a central role in their Affordable Care Act replacement plans as a fallback option for sick people who do not have insurance or lose coverage. Based on experience in…
At 9:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, January 31, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget will host a public forum to discuss the process and implications of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The discussion will cover the implications of using the budget reconciliation…
Where Are States Today? Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility Levels for Children, Pregnant Women, and Adults
This fact sheet provides an overview of eligibility levels for children, pregnant women, parents, and other non-disabled adults in Medicaid and CHIP. The data are based on eligibility levels reported by states as of January 2017. The findings highlight Medicaid’s continued role as a primary source of coverage for children and pregnant women and its expanded role for low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
This fact sheet looks at the history, funding, and future outlook of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. government’s major global initiative to combat HIV/AIDS.