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    Health Care Spending Remains Stable, but Not for Long

    Health care spending actually didn’t skyrocket in 2011–but just wait. This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary released the National Health Expenditures report for 2011. The report shows that growth in national health spending remained relatively low in 2011, growing at 3.9 percent. … More

    Fiscal Cliff Deal Undoes Part of Obamacare

    Though the government’s entitlement spending is still spiraling out of control, taxpayers have finally caught a break: The recently passed “fiscal cliff” deal included the repeal of one of Obamacare’s worst provisions, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act. The CLASS Act was a new entitlement program included … More

    Hearing Exposes Obamacare's Implementation Challenges for States

    Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to discuss the implementation of Obamacare’s exchanges and Medicaid expansion, both of which are slated to begin in 2014. Exchanges Two officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expressed confidence that exchange implementation was on schedule, stating, “All … More

    New Report Shows Health Spending Spikes Under Obamacare

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary (OACT) just released its projections for national health spending through 2021. The picture isn’t pretty, as health spending will continue to increase at a much faster rate than the gross domestic product (GDP), consuming 19.6 percent (almost one-fifth) of … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare's CO-OPs Put Taxpayer Dollars at Risk for No Good Reason

    Yet another provision of Obamacare is expected to cost taxpayers more than they expected. The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) asking for details regarding the probable loss of $3.1 billion out of the $3.4 billion in Obamacare … More

    Side Effects: Another Obamacare Initiative Bites the Dust

    On Monday, the Obama Administration signaled that another part of its signature health care law may not be working out as planned. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) put an end to a program that offered a $100 incentive to insurance brokers and agents for recommending eligible people … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Expands Medicaid, Makes A Big Problem Worse

    In 2014, Obamacare’s key provisions will kick in, and among them is a huge expansion of Medicaid. Obamacare extends eligibility to almost everyone with income below 138 percent of the federal poverty level under the age of 65. A report released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows … More

    CMS Projections Confirm Runaway Health Care Spending

    Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its new projections of national health spending trends through 2020. The findings, which estimate health care spending to reach more than $4 trillion by 2020, come as no surprise: Runaway spending has overtaken the United States health care system and … More

    If You Like Your Medicare Advantage Plan, You Probably Cannot Keep It

    Earlier this year, Richard Foster, the Chief Actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), issued a report projecting that about half of all seniors and disabled Americans enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans will be pushed out of that program due to the new health care reform law, … More

    Medicaid May Bust State Budgets Next Year

    The Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just updated national health spending projections as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). While many of its estimates are disconcerting, one estimate in particular is eye-popping and will be unwelcome news … More