Austin Frakt, PhD, is a health economist and an Associate Professor at Boston University’s School of Medicine and School of Public Health.
The most important policy implications from the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) pertain not to the individual mandate but to Medicaid. Although the court seems to have left the states with 2 options—accept or decline the… Read More ›
For some reason, when it comes to health insurance, most people seem to think either private plans in competition are best or a government option, like Medicare, is preferable. Few seem to recognize the benefits of the coexistence of private… Read More ›
When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in March 2010, it ushered in significant changes to Medicare. Those changes include innovations to provider payment models, including episode-based bundled payments, various new types of accountable care organizations, and… Read More ›
Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the individual purchase mandate, which requires most individuals to pay an annual tax penalty if they do not have health insurance by 2014. While some have portrayed the… Read More ›