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May 25, 2017

Different Sides See CBO Report Differently


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Merrill Matthews, resident scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation, said Wednesday that "Republicans will think they dodged the bullet with this. They will feel it could have been worse."

May 25, 2017

CBO: 23 Million Would Lose Health Insurance Under House Health Care Bill


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Just ahead of the report's release, the Institute for Policy Innovation issued a statement reacting to yet another health insurer's decision to pull out of Obamacare. "Democrats sold Obamacare as a way to expand access to health insurance and lower the costs. Just the opposite is happening," said Merrill Matthews, IPI resident scholar. "What we are seeing is a collapse of the individual insurance market."

May 8, 2017

Market Watchers: Health Care Repeal Doesn't Address Industry's Top Priority, CSR Payments


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The state exemption from the community rating mandate is critical to stabilizing the marketplace, said Merrill Matthews, resident scholar at IPI. "I think it allows states to opt out and create a functioning health insurance market. They are allowing waivers so insurers can risk-rate patients and assess actuarially accurate fair premiums. If they are above the standard (premium rate) they can go into the risk pool."

April 28, 2017

Healthcare Groups: Revised GOP Healthcare Bill 'Even Worse'

While those groups said the latest bill goes in the wrong direction, others spoke out in support of the changes. The Independent Women's Voice called it a step in the right direction, as did the Institute for Policy Innovation.

April 28, 2017

California's Road to Single-Payer Ruin


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Californians, you've been warned. 

April 3, 2017

HHS Presses On with Regulatory Reforms


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

With no new healthcare law in place or in sight, President Trump's efforts to recast healthcare reform are in the hands of Tom Price and Seema Verma.

 

March 27, 2017

After Repeal of ACA Fails, Feds Could Still Make Broad Changes, Watchers Say


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Although legislative efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have stalled, the Trump administration can make regulatory modifications to the health care reform law to keep insurance companies in the individual exchanges and strengthen the markets, observers said.

March 17, 2017

Will Single-Payer Health Care Be California's Next Big Fiscal Crisis?


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

As Institute for Policy Innovation scholar Merrill Matthews recently noted in these pages, a number of states have tried to impose single-payer health plans on their citizens and failed.

March 14, 2017

ACA Reforms Could Replicate Old Problems for Health Insurers, Observers Say


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The GOP plan could just repeat the same ACA mistakes, said IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews. "Instead of letting health insurers do what insurers do underwrite Republicans are retaining Obamacare's guaranteed issue provision."

March 13, 2017

Tom Price: Nobody Will Be Worse Off Financially Under AHCA


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

Leaders on the Hill, in industry and some in public health praised Trump's pick of Gottlieb — a former FDA and CMS official, who's also a physician and a prominent health policy commentator — to run the agency. "The reason I voted through my objections with Trump is that a presidential election selects a team, not one person," said Tom Giovanetti, head of the conservative Institute of Policy Innovation. "Scott Gottlieb is another example."

 

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