Gender Differences and the ACA

Aspects of the Health Care Outlook by Gender From the availability of over-the-counter drugs to protections for pregnant women, concerns about improving access to affordable health care for women have played an important role in recent health reform efforts. The Affordable Care Act attempts to alleviate insurance barriers by requiring insurers to provide maternity coverage, […]

Income Distribution and the ACA

Aspects of the Health Care Outlook by Income Class The Affordable Care Act (ACA) aims to make health care more accessible by expanding Medicaid coverage and subsidizing insurance premiums. These benefits are targeted towards low-income Americans who may have the most difficulty affording adequate coverage. Households that earn between 100 and 400 percent of the […]

The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act

In January 2014, Senators Richard Burr (NC), Tom Coburn (OK), and Orrin Hatch (UT) made public a proposal—the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act. The CARE Act would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HCERA)—with the exception of […]

H.R. 574 Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act of 2013

Medicare’s payment rates to physicians are based on a fee schedule that specifies the payment for each type of service rendered. The relative fees are determined by the inputs required to produce each type of service, adjusted to account for geographical differences in input prices. Relative fees are translated into actual dollar amounts by applying […]

Report on Age

The national health care debate—traditionally focused on an adequate health care safety net for those with high medical needs or low resources, the elderly, sick, disabled, and poor—is turning to healthy and able young adults in the campaign to bring health insurance to every American. Adults aged 18 to 35 often earn lower incomes and […]