Blog: The New District of Columbia Policy to Protect Insurance Coverage

The District of Columbia recently took an important step to protect health insurance coverage by creating a District-specific health insurance requirement.  This is in response to the unexpected termination of the federal health insurance requirement, which Congress narrowly passed last December.  The Affordable Care Act had required that federal taxpayers, except some with low incomes, to have health insurance or pay a federal income tax penalty.  The underlying logic was that this would incentivize more people to get coverage and prevent insurance premiums from rising for the great majori

Expert Commentary on Medicaid Work Requirements and the Kentucky Decision

In blogs in Health Affairs and the Commonwealth Fund and an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, as well as quoted comments in other news media, legal scholar and public health expert Sara Rosenbaum of the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health offered insights into the intent behind and impacts of the Trump administration’s approval of plans by Kentucky and other states requiring low-inco

Research Predicting Effects of Block Grants on Medicaid Highlighted at AcademyHealth Meeting

Anne Markus is the senior author of the work being presented

New research presented at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting being held in Seattle this week predicts negative effects on health centers if proposed Medicaid financing changes of block grants or per capita caps are enacted.

How Policy Gaps Fail People Who Inject Drugs and Contract Endocarditis

surgeons operating

Recent media reports suggest that healthcare providers around the country are grappling with how to respond to rising rates of endocarditis, a life-threatening infection caused by bacteria that enter the bloodstream and settle in the heart, linked to people who inject drugs. Reports in the New York Times and NPR describe the dilemma faced by physicians called on to perform repeat costly heart surgeries on patients who were re-infected with endocarditis as a result of ongoing illicit drug use.