Insights

By
Kenneth Thorpe

A recent article in USA Today highlighted the rising rates of Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on health care costs, particularly for Medicare and Medicaid programs which are the primary payers for Alzheimer’s patients.

By
PFM

On February 12, 2013, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to Congress and the nation.  In this speech, he laid out his priorities for the next four years.  The following is a round-up of the President’s statements on Medicare, as well as those of Senator Marco Rubio, who delivered the GOP response speech, PFM’s response, and relevant media coverage of the State of the Union and its implications for Medicare.

By
Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Kenneth Thorpe

As a bi-partisan organization focused on the future of Medicare, we are deeply concerned about CMS’ announcement on proposed changes to the Medicare Advantage program. These across the board cuts are short-sighted with little consideration of their impact on the quality of care currently delivered to beneficiaries.

By
PFM

A recent New York Times article provides an articulate description of the current, seriously flawed Medicare debate taking place in Washington.  While the recent drop in Medicare spending is good news in the near-term, there are a number of factors contributing to this dip, many of which we cannot directly pinpoint and are likely temporary.  Medicare’s current financial picture does not change the fact that the program needs fixing, not only to ensure its

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