Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

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


Status of the Social Security and Medicare Programs: A Summary of the 2016 Annual Reports

A summary of the two reports on the current and projected financial status of the Medicare and Social Security Trust Funds.  From the Social Security Administration


The 2016 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds

Categories: Elderly,Govt Finance,Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Estimates that the trust funds for the Hospital Insurance program will be depleted by 2028, two years earlier than last year’s prediction.  Trust funds for Parts B and D of the program are adequately financed over the next 10 years and beyond because premiums are reset each year to cover expected costs.  From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


National Inpatient Hospital Costs: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2013

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

The mean expense per U.S. hospital stay in 2012 was over $18,000.  This report describes the distribution of costs by expected primary payer and illustrates the conditions accounting for the largest percentage of each payer’s hospital costs.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


State Variation in Health Care Service Utilization: United States, 2014

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

Examines the prevalence of two health care utilization measures—percentage of adults without a usual place of medical care, and percentage of adults who did not have a general doctor–by state.  Also examines state differences by Medicaid expansion status and state Health Insurance Marketplace type.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Next Page »