Health Costs and the Excise Tax

Containing rising health care costs is a key policy challenge. As health care costs outpace overall economic growth, they threaten to increase public spending and depress households’ income growth. Yet efforts to contain these costs should follow the hallowed dictum to “first, do no harm.” Trying to restrain health costs by shifting more of them […]

More Protection for a Nest Egg Has Some Brokers Upset

A DOZEN or so new victims file into Joseph Peiffer’s law offices each month. There was the 51-year-old woman who worked at BellSouth, he recounted, who was told to invest her retirementmoney into nontradable real estate securities. He has also worked with retirees who were advised to put theirI.R.A. savings into pricey variableannuities or other […]

Attacks on Social Security and Medicare Are Based On the Phoney Politics of Intergenerational Conflict

It’s not surprising that this midterm election season has seen its share of critics of our publicly supported system of retirement security. After all, Republicans and others have spent the past 30 years attacking Social Security and Medicare. But any reasonable analysis shows that the attacks are based on the phoney politics of intergenerational conflict. […]

Florida CHAIN Weighs in on Federal Medicaid Regulations

Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) are health plans that attempt to control the cost and quality of care by coordinating medical and other health-related services. State Medicaid plans began to contract with independent MCOs in the 1980s as a strategy to control and predict their Medicaid expenditures. The number of Medicaid beneficiaries that receive their health care […]