Bigger May Be Better for Health Insurers, but Doubts Remain for Consumers

Deals among the nation’s largest health insurers in recent weeks have been almost head-spinning. But whatever the details, if the combinations are finalized, the result will be an industry dominated by three colossal insurers. Consumer advocates, policy experts and former regulators say that what may be good for the insurers may not be good for […]

Too sick to care: Direct-care workers, Medicaid expansion, and the coverage gap

Uses original research to show that nearly 500,000 direct-care workers are shut out of Medicaid eligibility because their states have refused to expand the program under the terms of the Affordable Care Act. These workers, who live in the 21 “non-expansion” states, fall into the “coverage gap,” the report says; they earn too much money to qualify […]

Groundless Fears About Medicaid and Medicare

The 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid should be an occasion for celebrating public programs that have made a positive difference in the lives of millions of Americans and a reminder of the critical need to preserve their legacies. It’s easy to forget that our country once allowed half of its seniors and the vast […]

When Hospices Mistreat The Dying, They Almost Never Get Punished

More dying Americans than ever now spend their last days in the care of a hospice, a service that offers a gentle alternative to a hospital setting. Hospice providers give comfort to the terminally ill, often in their homes. The promise is of a dignified death, surrounded by loved ones. But when a hospice fails […]