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  • The Affordable Care Act introduced numerous reforms aimed at helping small businesses provide health benefits for their employees—and it’s poised to take those reforms a step further next year by expanding the definition of small group to include mid-sized employers.

  • This webinar explored health plan strategies for improving pediatric preventive care by promoting Bright Futures guidelines through provider networks and directly to members.

  • We’ve all heard about the eye-popping price tags: cancer drugs that cost $14,000 a month, new hepatitis C drugs pegged at $84,000 for a course of treatment.

  • Each year millions of children miss screenings, immunizations and well visits despite the lifelong benefits of preventive care in childhood. The Affordable Care Act expands coverage of all preventive services recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the Bright Futures guidelines.

  • 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.

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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