How Much Should Health Care Cost?

There is no standard for how much healthcare services should cost nationally, so it is difficult to determine if and how much hospitals and clinics overcharge. Insurers do not reimburse the full charges and health care bills may be inflated to adjust for the reduced reimbursement. This study … Continue reading

Time to Demand Network Adequacy

While the Affordable Care Act was specific about minimum standards for health insurance plans, it was vague in defining adequate access in the Marketplace. Repeal efforts have focused on more insurance plan choices but offered little discussion about widening the number or variety of healthcare … Continue reading

Progress Remains in Jeopardy

Since first evaluated in 2014, gains in health insurance coverage and improvement in health care access and affordability have continued through the first quarter of 2017. These gains are particularly striking among low- and moderate-income Americans living in states that expanded Medicaid. The … Continue reading

The Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic

Opioid prescriptions in the United States have been rising significantly in recent years, leading to a rapid increase in non-medical use and a significant increase in opioid-related deaths. The opioid epidemic has become so severe that the Trump administration has declared it a national emergency. … Continue reading