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December 3, 2015

Is United Healthcare Leaving A 'Death Spiral' For Exchanges?

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The insurer UnitedHealthcare has recently announced that it would consider moving away from the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges due to significant profit losses. If there are significant losses and little financial gains, more payers may consider leaving the health insurance exchanges as well.

November 10, 2015

Health Sharing

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Dr. Merrill Matthews in a recent article in Forbes describes a plan proposed by Bill Brann that adds a life insurance policy with a critical illness component. It would include an accelerated benefit provision that would allow the insurer to write the beneficiary a check to cover medical expenses.

October 6, 2015

Donald Trump's One Health Care Reform Idea Might Be Bogus

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Trump may be stuck with one reform idea that could very well be a nonstarter.

September 1, 2015

Walker, Rubio Present Plans to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

IPI's Merrill Matthews says Walker’s plan is a little more detailed than Rubio’s and focuses on people without employer-based plans. “Rubio wants to give everyone a tax credit, which is the right thing to do, but it’s very difficult to explain to the public. It also talks about expanding Medicare, but how do you expand Medicare and pay for it?”

August 31, 2015

The Problem With G.O.P. Plans to Sell Health Insurance Across State Lines

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

If uniform rules, alone, were enough to ensure a broad array of competitors, you might expect to see many insurers participating. But that does not seem to be the case. “Just because a good affordable policy is available in another state doesn’t mean that I would be able to get the network of physicians and the good prices that are available in that other state," said IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews. 

August 11, 2015

Senate Bill Would Allow Over-the-Counter Sales of Birth Control Pills

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Prior to the passage of Obamacare, allowing the sale of birth control over the counter would have been hailed by liberals as a great achievement for women, says Merrill Matthews. It would have improved access to care by lowering out-of-pocket costs and eliminating the need to spend time and money to see a doctor for the prescription, which is a bigger burden for hourly workers and lower-income women, he said.

August 1, 2015

After 50 Years, Medicare Should Get Early Retirement

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

aily, In a column for Investor's Business DGrace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute and Merrill Matthews of the Institute for Policy Innovation highlight some of the same problems with cost and quality, but they also add important insight about how Medicare has caused rising health care costs.

July 9, 2015

Common Ground: Aging Expensively in the U.S.

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

President Obama cut $500 billion from Medicare spending over 10 years in order to claim that Obamacare was "paid for." A better option, writes IPI's Merrill Matthews, "would have been to aggressively target Medicare and Medicaid fraud, which could have provided the same amount of savings." 

June 25, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Subsidies in King v. Burwell Decision

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

According to IPI's Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., taxpayers would have saved $700 billion over the course of the next 10 years due to the existence of fewer insurance subsidies.

June 16, 2015

Latest Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare Looms

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Obamacare opponents see a potential silver lining in a Supreme Court decision that would end tax credits for many of those using the federal marketplace. To fill the coverage gap, insurance companies might look to sell bare-bones "limited-benefit" plans that don't meet Obamacare's minimum coverage requirement but are less expensive, suggested Merrill Matthews. 


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