Politics and policy

Insight into federal and state health care legislation & CMS regulation

2019 Year in Preview
Robert Calandra
Insurers are figuring out the market, say the law’s defenders.
2019 Year in Preview
Richard Mark Kirkner
In the midterms, Republicans tried to walk back their opposition to guaranteed issue, while health care worked as an issue for Democrats.
2019 Year in Preview
Michael D. Dalzell
BPCI Advanced signals a willingness among Medicare providers to redesign care and take on risk. Commercial payers are watching closely.
2019 Year in Preview
Timothy Kelley
CMS has broadened the services that Medicare Advantage plans can provide—services that may reduce expensive treatments and injuries. Insurers continue to see the market as a business opportunity. Critics see a slow-motion privatization of Medicare.
Legislation & Regulation
Richard Mark Kirkner
But why? Trump administration wants credit for turnaround, but another take says it happened despite, not because of, the administration’s policies.
In 1971, college campuses were in turmoil over the war in Vietnam and social norms were undergoing seismic changes. Against this backdrop, Lewis F. Powell Jr., a corporate lawyer whom President Richard Nixon would soon nominate to the Supreme Court, sent a confidential memo to Eugene Sydnor Jr., chair…
Richard Mark Kirkner
Here’s a list, by no means exhaustive, of think tanks that have developed conservative and libertarian policies and principles in health care
Team Trump
Richard Mark Kirkner
ProPublica has identified key personnel in the Trump health policy apparatus.