Medicare/Medicaid Posts

California Commission to Explore Single-Payer System

January 28, 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newsom was a single-payer candidate. The Democrat campaigned hard for the creation of one public insurance program for all Californians. And within hours of taking office last year, he called on the federal government to allow California and other states to create single-payer programs. Read More

5 Ways the New Coronavirus May Already Be Affecting U.S. Insurers

January 28, 2020

China’s new coronavirus outbreak may never cause a significant number of health insurance or life insurance claims in the United States, but it’s already joined two other coronavirus outbreaks — Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) — as something that will shape how life insurance actuaries, investors and regulators see insuring people against the risk of dying for decades to come. Read More

How Will the CMS’s New Health Care Price Transparency Rule Play Out?

January 28, 2020

The hospital chargemaster list is the latest political hot potato to be gingerly handled by the Trump administration. With new disclosure requirements scheduled to take effect in 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services intends to provide health care consumers access to data never before made public in an effort to help them make better decisions concerning their health. Read More

Insurers Deal More Blows To Medicare For All

January 21, 2020

Health insurance companies are already reporting unprecedented growth in signing up seniors to their Medicare plans for 2020, which is bad news for certain Democrats pushing single payer versions of “Medicare for All.” Read More

Medi-Cal’s Very Big Decade

January 21, 2020

Medi-Cal had a big decade. The number of Californians enrolled in the state’s health insurance program for low-income residents swelled by 5.5 million from 2010 to 2019. It now covers 1 in 3 Californians and 40% of children. Read More

Study Finds Single-Payer Health Care Plan Saves Money

January 21, 2020

As Democratic candidates propose a spectrum of health care options on the debate stage, the Medicare for all plan floated by progressive candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders offers a utopian vision of health care in America: universal coverage with no premiums or co-pays. But what about the costs? Read More