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How the ACA Impacted Emergency Room Visits

Prior studies have demonstrated that when previously uninsured patients gain insurance, specifically Medicaid, they visit the emergency department (ED) more frequently. A recent study in Health Affairs analyzed the effect of the Affordable Care [...]

September 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

No Difference Between Public & Private Coverage

A new study confirms what many think, that some insurance coverage is better than none. What may challenge some people’s preconceptions is that whether that insurance coverage is private or public (i.e. Medicare or Medicaid) access to care is [...]

August 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

Medicare Advantage pays less than Fee for Service

According to conventional wisdom among health policymakers and health economists, traditional fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare ought to be able to extract lower per unit prices than privately operated Medicare Advantage plans due to the former’s [...]

August 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

Moving the Medicare Age up is Bad Medicine

A common goal for health reform is to decrease total health care expenditures. Adjusting the eligibility age for Medicare beneficiaries has the attraction of decreasing federal spending and shifting costs to private marketplaces. However, these [...]

August 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

Robbing the Poor to Give to the Rich

Soaring health care costs have been a popular topic of discussion in the public arena, even in the midst of a recent spending slowdown between 2004 and 2013. The authors of this study investigated how health care expenditures differed between [...]

August 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

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