Washington Health Policy Week in Review

Washington Health Policy Week in Review is a weekly newsletter that offers selected stories from the daily newsletter CQ HealthBeat.

CMS: Medicaid Spending to Hit $674 Billion by 2017

In the first of what it said will be an annual report projecting Medicaid outlays, the respected Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said that combined federal and state spending on the health care program for the poor and disabled will reach $339 billion in 2008. Spending on the program will grow at a 7.9 percent yearly clip over the next decade, reaching $674 billion by 2017.

Panel: Medical Technology Behind High Health Care Costs

Medical technology is the main culprit behind soaring health care costs and physicians should take a closer look at how it is used, said health care experts during a discussion on a new report examining how to curb rising costs and expand health coverage for the uninsured.

Report: Many Enrollees Don't Understand Florida's Revamped Medicaid Program

A substantial number of Medicaid enrollees in Florida's new consumer choice program have struggled to navigate it, leaving some of Florida's most vulnerable citizens, as well as the new program, in an increasingly precarious state, according to a new report published in Health Affairs.

Study: Small Business Owners Dissatisfied with Insurer Services

A new report by the PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute shows that small business owners are not nearly as satisfied with insurer-provided services as large employers and have needs distinct from large companies that are not being met.

Survey: Men and Women View Health Care as a Priority Voting Issue

Health care ranks right below the economy as a top presidential voting issue, and now men are following the lead of female voters in calling it a major concern, according to a survey of 1,500 likely voters across the country.

Would the McCain Health Plan Raise Taxes?

It's one of the Obama campaign ads that infuriates Republicans the most: a warning that middle-class families will pay higher taxes under the McCain health overhaul plan. But Obama's ads largely ignore the impact of the tax credits McCain would provide Americans for the premiums they pay toward their health insurance.