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Bigger Is Not Better

article icon Issue Brief A proposed merger between Aetna and Humana, two of the country’s largest health insurance companies, likely would increase costs for consumers and taxpayers.

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Enough Is Enough

book_alt2 icon Report Sustainable drug pricing requires paying for drugs based on their benefits to patients.

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Paying It Forward

book_alt2 icon Report Creating a new Medicaid benefit for evidence-based home visiting services would simplify funding and allow states and communities to scale services, improve outcomes for families, and produce significant savings for states and the federal government.

Matt Bevin

The Impact of Reversing Kentucky’s Health Care Reforms

article icon Issue Brief Any rollback of Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion and state health insurance marketplace would be a disaster for Kentucky's health, economy, and state budget.

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2014 Census Data Confirm Dramatic Impact of the Affordable Care Act

New census numbers confirm that the ACA is working to expand health care coverage in every state, but millions more Americans could be covered if the states that have not yet expanded Medicaid were to do so.

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Hurricane Katrina’s Health Care Legacy

article icon Issue Brief Gulf Coast states must expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to address the long-term consequences of the federal government’s failed health policy response to Hurricane Katrina.

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A Strategy for Medicare Payment Reform

book_alt2 icon Report Medicare’s Pioneer ACO Model has shown modest yet improving results so far. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should make improvements to the Pioneer ACO Model while also expanding bundled payment reforms.

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Payment Reform Action Plan: Meeting the New Medicare Payment Reform Target

article icon Issue Brief The new Medicare goal for payment reform is a significant milestone toward improving patient care and making health care spending more sustainable. CAP recommends these next steps to help achieve this goal.

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The Great Cost Shift

book_alt2 icon Report Cost shifting from employers to employees—not the Affordable Care Act—is the reason why employees continue to experience growing health care costs. Employees should be aware of these cost-shifting efforts and share in health care cost savings.

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Accountable Care States

book_alt2 icon Report In order to control health care costs, states should have the option to become “Accountable Care States” that are accountable for health care costs, the quality of care, and access to care—with sizable financial rewards for keeping overall costs low.

U.S. Supreme Court

A Win for Zubik Would Undermine the Religious Liberty of Employees

Allowing religiously affiliated nonprofits to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate would endanger the religious liberty of students, employees, and their dependents.

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