News & Events

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation has published a report evaluating the evidence base for interventions to address the social determinants of health.

  • The emergence of new online tools—built by journalists, for journalists—has made it easier than ever to visualize health care data. With the power to build charts comes the responsibility to portray information accurately and in a way that enhances the story for your readers.

  • Injury is the number one killer of children and teens in the United States. Many of these injuries are preventable through education and low-cost interventions like childproof locks and safety seats.

  • With the explosion of public health data online, more journalists than ever need analytical tools in their daily work. Think of data as just another source to interview, along with people and documents.

  • NIHCM Foundation hosted a webinar to discuss the latest in telehealth, including federal health IT plans, new models of telehealth delivery and ongoing regulatory obstacles. A recording of the event is now available.

  • Employees of small businesses have much lower rates of insurance coverage and less generous benefits than their peers at bigger companies, owing largely to challenges unique to the small group market. 

NIHCM

Webinar: Medicare and the Federal Deficit

July 19, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

Anyone following the news, even casually, knows that our federal government is spending vastly more than it is taking in, resulting in huge annual deficits that must be covered by borrowing. We now borrow about 41 cents for every dollar we spend and have reached our legal debt limit of more than $14 trillion, forcing contentious standoffs over raising the debt ceiling. The Congressional Budget Office predicts that our public debt will reach 70 percent of GDP this year and could exceed GDP within a decade – rivaling debt levels last seen during World War II. With Medicare spending accounting for 13 percent of federal spending or 3.7 percent of GDP today and projected to reach about 7 percent of GDP by 2035, this program is a significant contributor to our fiscal woes and an inescapable part of any solution. 

Through presentations from three national experts, participants:

  • learned how Medicare affects our fiscal outlook
  • heard about new data showing the large imbalance between lifetime Medicare benefits and contributions, and
  • explored the range of Medicare reform options now under discussion and the political outlook for enacting reforms.

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