The Children's Health Insurance Program could take a major hit in coming years because of two proposals under discussion in the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations.
Rising costs in the health care system are a key issue as lawmakers and the Obama administration negotiate on a deficit reduction plan. Last week, Health and Human Services officials reminded people that the agency is doing its part to bring costs down.
Supporters and critics of the Independent Payment Advisory Commission, which will recommend Medicare payment cuts when it starts work in 2014, are gearing up for a marathon debate over the issue in two House hearings.
At a time when many governors are looking to Medicaid as a place to cut costs, a new study found that among some Medicaid patients, interstate variations in spending are shaped more by the volume of care provided to patients than the prices paid for services.
Enrolling in Medicaid increases the chances that patients will get preventive care, see a doctor, and be more content, according to the most comprehensive study in nearly four decades to evaluate the program's impact.