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May 24, 2015

Government-Subsidized Third-Party Payer Great Recipe To Make A Sector Of The Economy More Expensive, Less Efficient

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Writing for the Institute for Policy Innovation, Merrill Matthews has a must-read article about an unintended consequences of Obamacare. He starts with a very sensible point about the effect of third-party payer.

May 15, 2015

Assurant Health Falls Victim to Obamacare's Sweeping Regulations

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Merrill Matthews says AH’s struggles are unfortunate but were predicted by nearly everyone—except the company’s CEO.

May 14, 2015

Insurer Expands Global Payment System in Massachusetts

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

“The whole goal of Blue Cross is to go to a global budget with fixed prices,” Matthews said, adding that there is nothing wrong with a global budget as long as the prices are being set by the provider, but in this case the prices are being set by Blue Cross and the hospitals.

May 14, 2015

Millennials' Health Insurance Premiums Skyrocket Under Obamacare

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The cost of health insurance premiums for young, healthy Americans have increased significantly under Obamacare. Dr. Merrill Matthews explains why premiums are going up for younger people, and that much of the cost is hidden by federal subsidies, and it will likely only get worse as the [nation’s] population ages.

February 6, 2015

The Most Wanted List You Never Heard Of: Millions of Tax Dollars Vaporized

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The Office of Inspector General at the US Dept. of Health and Human Services has a Most Wanted list. IPI's Merrill Matthews wrote about a 2010 GAO report identifying "$48 billion in what it termed as ‘improper payments.’” 

January 28, 2015

Obamacare Will Cost $50,000 for Each Newly Insured American

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

"Patient access to doctors is approaching a perfect storm of decreased physician supply, more demand for medical care, and doctors increasingly refusing to see low-paying Medicare or Medicaid patients,” explains Merrill Mathews, PhD, a healthcare policy expert at the Institute for Policy Innovation. “If the ‘promise’ of Obamacare’s access to health-care is to be kept, government will eventually have to force doctors to accept Obamacare-covered patients.”

November 29, 2014

These Two States Cut Medicaid ... And Saved Money

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Illinois and Pennsylvania were the two case studies the IPI used to illustrate Medicaid reform.

November 11, 2014

Benefit of Pensions Shown to Be Widespread

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Determining how much of the increase in health-care premiums can be attributed to the ACA is tricky, IPI reports. Increases are based on actuarial estimates which are educated guesses about factors including the estimated ratio of sick and healthy people in a particular insurance pool, the normal growth in health-care costs, and government regulations.

October 16, 2014

President Touts Lower Insurance Premiums, with Little Evidence

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

According to Merrill Matthews, health insurance costs will be going up because ObamaCare creates incentives for more people to use more care.

September 16, 2014

Ebola Outbreak Highlights Value of Cures

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Matthews points out that it is a benefit to have an innovative industry working every day to tackle the worst diseases, and the Ebola outbreak demonstrates the value of the industry’s contributions to the world. 


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