Health Care Policy and Reform

2019 Scorecard on State Health System Performance

The Commonwealth Fund’s 2019 Scorecard on State Health System Performance reveals that most states are losing ground on key measures related to life expectancy as premature deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drug overdose continue to increase. Several states that most recently expanded eligibility for their Medicaid programs saw meaningful gains in access to health care; […]

Poll: ‘Medicare for All’ Support Is High — But Complicated

Health care has emerged as the top policy issue for American voters, according to a new poll containing detailed data suggesting that any political party ignoring this topic – or misreading the public’s mood on it – does so at its own peril. With the political discourse in Washington and in the national news media […]

Even Working People With Health Coverage Cannot Afford Care

Millions of people across the United States are struggling to afford health care despite receiving health coverage from an employer, a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Los Angeles Times shows. The rising cost of premiums, deductibles and co-pays has outpaced wage growth for more than a decade and has contributed to […]

Do People Who Sign Up for Medicare Advantage Plans Have Lower Medicare Spending?

People on Medicare can choose coverage from either traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage plans, typically trading off broad access to providers for potentially lower premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Beneficiaries who choose Medicare Advantage may differ from those in traditional Medicare in both measurable and unmeasurable ways, which may influence their use of services and spending. […]

Editorial: Let’s start out with long-term care for all

With 10% of the population suffering from disabilities and half the baby boom generation entering retirement without significant assets, coming up with a national long-term care plan that works is long overdue. Ady Barkan, a 35-year-old Yale Law School graduate who is dying from ALS, made a poignant plea for Medicare for All at Congress’ […]