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From the publisher: Happy anniversary, Medicare and Medicaid

From the publisher: Happy anniversary, Medicare and Medicaid

By Fawn Lopez  |  May 23, 2015

Modern Healthcare has documented every Medicare and Medicaid milestone and challenge since Crain Communications purchased the magazine in 1976. This section commemorates the programs' 50th anniversary by providing some history and an overview of their challenges.

Commentary: Defined-contribution model would improve care

Commentary: Defined-contribution model would improve care

By Douglas Holtz-Eakin  |  May 23, 2015

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and a former Congressional Budget Office director, writes that Medicare and Medicaid have an obligation to provide high-quality care to America's seniors and low-income beneficiaries, and they must be made financially sustainable.

Commentary: Medicare, Medicaid protect us from healthcare risks

Commentary: Medicare, Medicaid protect us from healthcare risks

By Judy Feder  |  May 23, 2015

Georgetown University professor and former HHS official Judy Feder writes that the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid enactment calls for a celebration. Medicare provides health insurance protection to virtually all older Americans and many workers who become disabled.

Demands of an aging population will have Medicare, Medicaid fighting for dollars

By Merrill Goozner  |  May 23, 2015

Medicare and Medicaid evolved in dramatically different ways. Medicare, which provided health coverage for seniors, became the third rail of American politics. Medicaid, a state-based program that provided health coverage for the poor, existed in a political netherworld. All that is about to change.

Will Medicare and Medicaid predict ACA's future?

Will Medicare and Medicaid predict ACA's future?

By Harris Meyer  |  May 23, 2015

While politicians debate the future of Medicare and Medicaid, few question that those programs are here to stay. It's easy to forget how controversial the idea of government healthcare programs was for most of the 20th century, and how many decades it took to enact the programs.

Medicaid a lifeline for the poor and disabled

Medicaid a lifeline for the poor and disabled

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 23, 2015

Before Medicaid was established, low-income Americans had limited access to healthcare, relying heavily on charity care and public hospitals. "To be old and poor and sick was to suffer and to die prematurely,” said Trish Riley of the National Academy for State Health Policy.

CMS blinks in Medicaid stare down with Florida

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 21, 2015

The CMS is appearing to blink in its stare down with Florida over Medicaid expansion. The agency informed state officials that it tentatively plans to renew a waiver that has provided Florida billions in supplemental Medicaid funding to help hospitals with uncompensated-care costs.

CBO's new scoring policy could affect federal healthcare programs

By Bob Herman  |  May 19, 2015

The Congressional Budget Office is under new leadership, and the agency made it clear Tuesday that a different type of economic analysis will be used to study the effects of federal spending policies, particularly those in healthcare. That could affect projections regarding the ACA.

Medicaid expansion shifts jeopardize Pennsylvania beneficiaries

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 14, 2015

Gov. Tom Wolf's administration has been transitioning beneficiaries as he dismantles his GOP predecessor's alternative Medicaid expansion. But rate concerns and plan exits are raising questions about care continuity.

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