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The federal-state health insurance program for low-income Americans will be greatly expanded under the Affordable Car Act. Century’s work analyzes the long-standing difficulties facing Medicaid and the challenges it faces under the new legislation.


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  • No matter how many times we refute the idea that Medicaid is bad for health, people keep on saying it. There’s so much evidence to the contrary. Recently, a number of states have used the “questionable” quality of Medicaid to buttress their arguments against the Medicaid expansion contained in the Affordable Care Act.
    Jul 26, 2012
  • Should private citizens be allowed to sue their state Medicaid programs for imposing rate cuts on doctors and other providers? That’s the...
    Oct 6, 2011
  • In President Obama’s new deficit reduction plan , he makes the following promise:
    Sep 20, 2011
  • The Snapshot by Ruy Teixeira.
    Jul 11, 2011
  • Harold Pollack published in The New Republic.
    Jun 23, 2011
  • Harold Pollack published in Kaiser Health News.
    May 6, 2011
  • Harold Pollack contributes to piece in the New England Journal of Medicine.
    Apr 7, 2011
  • In The News: Blocked Off
    In trying to duck their Medicaid responsibilities, Republican governors could be rushing into disaster, writes Harold Pollack in The New Republic.
    Apr 1, 2011
  • In The News: New to Taking Note
    Harold Pollack and Avik Roy debate health outcomes, Medicaid, and welfare dependency. 
    Mar 7, 2011
  • In The News: Barbour on Medicaid
    Harold Pollack published in The American Prospect.
    Mar 2, 2011
  • Greg Anrig argues that the next major medical care reforms should fully federalize Medicaid, which would relieve states’ financial burdens and enhance the health of the American population
    Sep 15, 2010
  • Session One of the "Business and National Health Care Reform" conference, "The Future of Employment-Based Health Insurance."
    Jul 29, 2010
  • Session One of the "Business and National Health Care Reform" conference, "The Future of Employment-Based Health Insurance."
    Jul 29, 2010
  • Health reform may be stalled in Congress, but you need only look to the overburdened Medicaid program to find evidence of the continued toll the current economic crisis is taking on Americans’ ability to afford and access medical care. At the same time that states are experiencing huge budget deficits, more and more of their residents are unemployed; more and more are joining the ranks of the uninsured and clamoring for Medicaid benefits.
    Feb 1, 2010
  • One encouraging element of the health care reform bill released today by three House committees is that it would finance expanded eligibility for Medicaid entirely with federal money. Since its inception in 1965, Medicaid’s financing has been shared jointly between the feds and state governments. That arrangement has much to do with Medicaid’s huge shortcomings: wide state-to-state variations in eligibility rules and benefit levels, chronic under-funding, and limited medical options for beneficiaries. Because the program primarily covers individuals with low incomes, along with nursing home residents, it has never benefited from broad political support.
    Jul 14, 2009
  • Some of President Obama’s critics have expressed disappointment with his plans for healthcare reform. Why is the president raising taxes to sink more money into an already bloated healthcare system? Why isn’t he doing more to cut wasteful healthcare spending?
    Mar 11, 2009
  • According to a new working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), as the nation's hospitals battle for paying customers, they are engaged in a fierce "amenities race." What is troubling about the report is that it reveals that many patients seem to care more about rooms with views and pleasant service than just how many patients survive their hospital stays.
    Jan 27, 2009
  • In theory, Medicaid ensures that low-income families receive health care. But in practice, the program leaves much to be desired—and serves as a painful illustration that the existence of an insurance program isn’t enough to ensure access to necessary care.
    Oct 8, 2008
  • Reel back to 1965, the year Medicare and Medicaid legislation was passed. That year Congress gave the “Joint Commission,” a professional accreditation organization established in 1951, the unique authority to inspect hospitals and determine whether they meet the patient health and safety standards required to treat Medicare patients.
    Aug 4, 2008
  • We know that as a nation, we invest well over $2 trillion each year in healthcare. But where exactly do our health care dollars go? Where are they well-spent and where are they wasted?
    Jun 16, 2008
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