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Medicare is badly in need of reform, of course, but real reform means moving away from the government’s counterproductive micromanagement of provider payments, not construction of yet another new government payment system that will inevitably distort the marketplace in ways no one can now predict
Medicare spending has slowed dramatically in the last four years. That is good news, but we cannot relax. If we expect Medicare to meet the needs of 76 million baby boomers — and eventually their children — we must modernize the program and put consumers in charge.
AEI adjunct scholar Mark Warshawsky's remarks on reforming America's system of long-term services and supports for the elderly.
Better decisions by consumers will drive competition and will improve health system efficiency, and that depends in large measure on the way information about health plan options is presented.
Medicare is the biggest part of our nation’s fiscal problem. It can be saved. To be effective, Medicare reform must promote the smarter use of health services and give seniors a real voice in their health care.
The drug benefit was a contested and controversial piece of legislation in 2003. There were plenty of critics predicting its failure. Instead of failure, the program has established the model for how to fix the rest of Medicare too.
Medicare unveiled a series of regulations this month that make annual adjustments to various price schedules that set out what the program pays providers. The proposals confirm why the agency makes for such a crummy business partner.
In this conference, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, mental health and disability experts, and an economist will discuss current hurdles to rehabilitation, and suggest alternatives that could more effectively expedite the reintegration of veterans into their families, communities, and workplaces.
Please join Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA), AEI, the Heritage Foundation, and the Foreign Policy Initiative for a timely discussion on the 2014 QDR and the future of American defense strategy in an era of constrained budgets.
This event is livestream only.
AEI’s Philanthropic Freedom Project welcomes Bill Gates for an exclusive event at AEI.