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Inside the first congressional hearing on 'Medicare for All' in 10 years

May 1, 2019

During a House Committee on Rules hearing Tuesday, health care experts shared how they would approach implementing so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals and discussed the potential costs of moving the United States to a single-payer, government-run health system.

What the US can (and can't) learn from Singapore’s celebrated health system

April 30, 2019

Singapore's health care system is considered "an example of excellence," according to Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, but a recent visit revealed why U.S. residents might not be able to use the health system as "a possible model for" its own innovation.

How much do US residents spend on health care? See the answer, charted.

April 29, 2019

Health care costs account for a larger share of low-income U.S. residents' paychecks, though high-income residents spend more dollars overall, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The 3 models CMS wants states to use to improve care, lower costs for dually eligible beneficiaries

April 29, 2019

CMS Administrator Seema Verma last week invited states to participate in demonstration models designed to integrate care for beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

Humana will pilot a lower-cost insurance plan with virtual primary care

April 26, 2019

Humana on Wednesday announced it is piloting a first-of-its-kind health plan that offers members primary care primarily through telehealth services.

SCOTUS hears oral arguments in census case that could affect Medicaid funding

April 25, 2019

The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared divided on a case to determine whether the U.S. census can ask respondents about their citizenship status—a move some states and cities have argued would exacerbate undercounting of certain populations and jeopardize Medicaid and other population-based federal funding.

We're just 7 years away from exhausting the Medicare trust fund

April 23, 2019

Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund likely will be depleted in 2026, according to the trustees' annual report released Monday—an estimate that has not changed since last year's report.

Do workplace wellness programs actually lower costs? No, according to a new study.

April 18, 2019

Participating in a workplace wellness program encourages employees to exercise and manage their weight, but does not result in better health outcomes or lower health care spending, according to a study published Tuesday.

What 'Medicare for All' would really cost, according to 5 experts

April 17, 2019

Health reform and so-called "Medicare-for-All" plans are shaping up to be key issues in the 2020 presidential election, but it is unclear how these plans would affect U.S. health care expenditures. To get some answers, the New York Times asked a group of economists and think tanks for their projections.

Healthy food subsidies could save more than $100B in health care costs, research shows

April 17, 2019

Providing Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with so-called "healthy food prescriptions" could lower the risk of chronic illnesses and lead to billions of dollars in savings, according to a study recently published in the journal PLOS One.

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