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Generic Drugs Under Medicare: Part D Generic Drug Prices Declined Overall, but Some Had Extraordinary Price Increases

Categories: Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation

Describes how generic drug prices under Medicare have changed over time, the extent to which generic drugs experienced extraordinary price increases and how that affected benefit design, and the factors identified as contributors to price changes.  From the Government Accountability Office


Earnings and Employment Data for Workers Covered under Social Security and Medicare, by State and County, 2013

Categories: Income/Poverty,Medicare/Medicaid,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Taxes

Shows by sex and age the number of employees and self-employed persons, the amount of their taxable earnings, and the amount they paid in Social Security and Medicare contributions.  From the Social Security Administration


Projecting Hospitals’ Profit Margins Under Several Illustrative Scenarios

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Examines the effects of changes to hospital finances by the Affordable Care Act, which reduced Medicare payments but also expanded insurance coverage to reduce the cost of uncompensated care.  This paper calculates the profit margins of hospitals and the share of hospitals that might lose money by 2025 under several scenarios.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-March 2016

Categories: Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

27.3 million persons were uninsured in the U.S. during the first three months of 2016, 1.3 million fewer than in 2015, and 21.3 million fewer than in 2010.  Includes short-term trends by race and ethnicity, private exchange coverage, and health insurance coverage by state Health Insurance Marketplace type.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Changes in ACA Individual Market Costs from 2014-2015: Near-Zero Growth Suggests an Improving Risk Pool

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Welfare/Social Services

Report which shows that “per-enrollee medical costs in the Affordable Care Act individual market were essentially unchanged in 2015, even as costs in the broader insurance market continued to rise.”  Argues that the program is becoming stronger by attracting more healthy, low-cost enrollees.  From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Nursing Home Compare

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Offers several new quality measures for short-stay residents at nursing homes in their comparison and ratings site for U.S. nursing homes.  New measures include percentage of short-stay residents who were re-hospitalized after a nursing home admission and percentage who were successfully discharged to the community.  From


Federal Benefits and Services for People with Low Income: Overview of Spending Trends, FY2008-FY2015

Categories: Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Income/Poverty,Medicare/Medicaid,Welfare/Social Services

Reports that federal spending for low-income assistance programs grew by 51% over the eight year period and that the primary cause for the increase was spending on health care. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid

Widely cited article by President Obama which appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association discussing the progress of health care reform and specifically the improvements made by the Affordable Care Act in reducing the uninsured rate by 43% from 2010 to 2015.  From the White House and JAMA


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