Sara Rosenbaum Quoted On Cost of Existing U.S. Heath Care System

Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy Sara Rosenbaum

On June 30, Health Policy and Management Professor Sara Rosenbaum was one of the experts National Public Radio interviewed in a spot titled, “Obamacare Has Problems. The Senate Health Care Bill Doesn't Solve Them, Experts Say.”  Rosenbaum said:  "The fundamental problem with the health care system is health care is too expensive."

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Texas Medicaid Family Planning Proposal Threatens Women’s Access to Preventive Care

A Texas 1115 Medicaid family planning demonstration proposal that would tie coverage to an exclusion of Planned Parenthood would severely constrain access for covered women, thereby defeating, rather than advancing, Medicaid’s core objectives.  This conclusion is contained in an analysis carried out by researchers from the GW Health Policy and Management’s Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy. The analysis was submitted as part of public comments to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

CMS Data on Health Care Spending by State

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released data on health care spending by state today.  It shows that while most states experienced faster growth in 2014 due to Medicaid expansion and enrollment in Exchange plans, per capita health spending in Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states grew at similar rates. The report also found that the most recent economic recession, which ended in 2009, and modest recovery since then, had a sustained impact on health spending and health insurance coverage.