The White House announced a year reprieve on the Affordable Care Act mandate that says companies with 50 or more full-time workers must provide insurance by Jan. 2014. Gwen Ifill gets debate from Ron Pollack of Families USA and Tom Miller of American Enterprise Institute about how the delay affects businesses and workers.
Daniel Sutter Discusses Welfare Block Grants as a Model for Medicaid Reform on Inside State and Local Policy | MercatusMarch 28, 2013
Dr. Daniel Sutter discusses his recent Mercatus working paper, “Welfare Block Grants as a Guide for Medicaid Reform.” Sutter reviews the history of the 1996 federal welfare reform, which was controversial at the time but has since been considered a bipartisan success that has empowered states to design welfare programs best suited to their populations. He explains how the waiver and block granting mechanisms in welfare reform could provide a model for a similar reform of Medicaid that reduces spending and transfers more control from Washington to the states.
Wednesday, March 27 at 12 PM ET
Presented by: Kevin Kuhlman, Manager of Legislative Affairs.
Content Level: Intermediate
This webinar is FREE to members and non-members
Countdown has begun for the majority of new taxes, mandates and administrative requirements that begin January 2014 under Obamacare. Small businesses are facing lots of questions on exactly how this law will directly and indirectly impact their business.
This webinar provides instructions on how to prepare for the law and what it means for those with fewer than 50 employees. It also presents an update on the most recent proposed and finalized regulations available and some outstanding questions that remain unanswered. Finally, the webinar presents an inventory and guide to resources NFIB has organized for members.
What the law means to a small business
What the law means to individual and small group market health insurance
What questions to ask insurer, broker, or tax professional
What the law means for small business employees
Suggested communication for employees
Continuing consolidation in the health industry has enabled providers to raise their prices without improving the quality of their services. At an AEI event on Friday, a panel of economists and lawyers discussed the economic and legal causes of the concentration among health care providers and insurers and its pernicious effect on health costs.
Martin Gaynor of Carnegie Mellon explained the existing evidence corroborating rising consolidation, noting that the hospital sector has seen over 1,000 merger and acquisition deals from 1994 to the present. The resulting lack of competition among hospitals and other providers allows those providers to monopolize the market and charge higher prices. These higher prices, Robert Murray of Global Health Payment LLC explained, contribute significantly to growth in health spending.
Health insurance compounds the problem, Barak Richman of Duke University School of Law emphasized. Because most patients have insurance, often financed in part by their employers and the federal government, they are not sensitive to the cost of their care; therefore, their demand for care does not decrease as its cost increases.
Although the absence of competition in the health industry is a long-standing issue, the panelists agreed that the incentives in the accountable care organizations created by the Affordable Care Act may exacerbate the issue by encouraging further consolidation.
All event materials, including videos, are now posted.
AEI State of the Union series: Medicare
by AEI on Jan 30, 2013
A presentation on Medicare by Joseph Antos at the AEI State of the Union series health care event.
AEI scholar Tom Miller sat down with Utah Governor Gary Herbert to get the details about Utah’s preparations for the Affordable Care Act.
Syndicated talk radio host Bill Bennett of The Bill Bennett Show interviews appellate and Constitutional attorney David Rivkin on the important arguments and developments in the SCOTUS ObamaCare hearings.