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    Future of Medicare Advantage Remains Uncertain

    For the second year in a row, the Obama Administration has reversed course on planned payment rate cuts for Medicare Advantage (MA), the private plans providing the Medicare benefit to nearly 30 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries. But this year’s reprieve doesn’t guarantee the program’s future viability. In February, the … More

    Obamacare Provision Costing 32 Percent More Than Projected

    An Obamacare provision is costing taxpayers 32 percent more than it was projected to. The provision in Obamacare that gradually reduces seniors’ out-of-pocket costs in the congressionally created coverage gap (commonly referred to as the “donut hole”) in Medicare Part D was projected by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to … More

    Obamacare Number of the Day: $621,000,000,000

    People worried about Obamacare’s impact on the American health care system should remember one key number: $621 billion. That’s the amount that non-partisan actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said Obamacare would increase national health spending over the next 10 years, in a report released yesterday. … More

    Obamacare: Helping the Sick Means Getting the Policy Right

    On February 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it was suspending future enrollment in its Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) for lack of funds. This week, the House of Representatives is planning to vote on a bill that would transfer $4 billion from the Obamacare Prevention … More

    Medicare Advantage Survives—for Now

    There seems to be much confusion surrounding the recent drama of Medicare Advantage’s (MA) 2014 payment rate. Here’s what happened: In February, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its advance notice of estimates of the national per capita Medicare Advantage (MA) growth percentage, which is a key … More

    Administration Rules Out "Deals" on Medicaid Expansion

    Last Friday afternoon, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a short frequently asked questions (FAQ) document that should remove any remaining belief that the federal government will give state lawmakers flexibility on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. The message is clear: The only thing a state that agrees … More

    Obamacare at 3 Years: Unrealistic Expectations for ACOs

    Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)—a concept that a group of doctors and hospitals will work collectively to manage the care and costs of Medicare patients—were expected to transform the delivery of health care. Yet again, much like the rest of Obamacare, these promises appear to be falling short of expectations. In … More

    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

    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