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Shining Light on Health Care Prices

article icon Issue Brief Hidden prices drive up costs throughout the health care system. There are a variety of ways to increase transparency, which is key to lowering health care costs.

By Maura Calsyn | Thursday, April 3, 2014


Comparing the Effectiveness of Prescription Drugs: The German Experience

article icon Issue Brief Germany's recent prescription drug market reform offers lessons for how the United States can prioritize research that compares the effectiveness of drugs and other medical treatments.

By Daniel Bahr and Thomas Huelskoetter | Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Eye Treatment for Seniors: How Lucentis Wastes More Than $1 Billion per Year

article icon Fact Sheet A new CAP analysis finds that one drug company’s packaging decision costs Medicare and seniors more than $1 billion per year.

By Topher Spiro, Thomas Huelskoetter, and Gina Phillipi | Thursday, May 22, 2014

Doctor working on tablet

Comparing the Effectiveness of Health Care

article icon Issue Brief The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, or PCORI, should rapidly increase its investment in comparative effectiveness research, or CER.

By Neera Tanden, Zeke Emanuel, Topher Spiro, Emily Oshima Lee, and Thomas Huelskoetter | Friday, January 24, 2014

The Effect of Childhood Vaccine Exemptions on Disease Outbreaks

article icon Issue Brief A recent increase in voluntary exemptions from childhood vaccinations threatens Americans’ public health. We look at how to correct the problem.

By Emily Oshima Lee, Lindsay Rosenthal, and Gabriel Scheffler | Thursday, November 14, 2013

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The Affordable Care Act’s Lower-Than-Projected Premiums Will Save $190 Billion

article icon Issue Brief Due to the health law’s lower premiums, its deficit reduction will increase by 174 percent.

By Topher Spiro and Jonathan Gruber | Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Doctor and patient

The Senior Protection Plan

book_alt2 icon Report The right approach to reduce federal spending on health care is to reduce overall health care costs and modernize the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

By The Center for American Progress Health Policy Team | Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Costs of Delaying the Individual Mandate

Calls for a one-year delay of the individual mandate due to technical issues with the Affordable Care Act rollout are unnecessary and harmful.

By Emily Oshima Lee | Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Demonstrators outside Ohio Statehouse

How the Affordable Care Act Helps Young Adults

article icon Issue Brief The real threat to young-adult health insurance coverage is not the overblown claim of premium rate shock but the rejection of Medicaid expansion by states.

By Maura Calsyn and Lindsay Rosenthal | Monday, May 20, 2013

health benefit claims form and medical equipment

Cutting Health Care Costs

The Center for American Progress convened leading health policy experts to develop bold and innovative solutions to contain health care costs. The Washington Post recently highlighted the report.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Doctor and child

A Win-Win for Working Families and State Budgets

book_alt2 icon Report Increasing the minimum wage in concert with expanding Medicaid would not only boost the incomes of low-wage working families and increase access to healthcare but would also be a boon to state budgets.

By Rachel West and Michael Reich | Thursday, October 16, 2014

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