Tag Archives: Health Policy

GW WonkCast S3E13-1: Below the Fold: Medicare Legislation and Proposed Changes to Immigration Policy

In this Below the Fold, first learn about “Choose Medicare” legislation by Senators Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Jeff Merkley of Oregon that would allow individuals and businesses to purchase Medicare plans. Next, learn about a proposal from the Department of Homeland Security to add a public charge to immigration applicants, meaning a charge in the […]

What’s a fair price for a band-aid?

Steve Bruns, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives On Amazon, a casual shopper can buy a seemingly endless supply of 280 band-aids for around $13. Once that shopper becomes a patient, the price of a band-aid increases significantly, to say the least. Take, for example, Colette Bird, a one-year-old girl in western Connecticut, who visited the […]

Exploring Pathways Out of Poverty: Support That Empowers Families

Travis Reginal, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty (the Partnership), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is tasked with highlighting the most promising practices to help people in poverty gain economic and social mobility. The Urban Institute staffs and supports the Partnership and in 2016 it invited […]

Proposed rule would expand association health plans at the expense of the sick

Steve Bruns, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Balancing the tradeoff between access and affordability is a key challenge of enacting reform in the health insurance marketplace. Policies designed in good faith to improve the market must consider how to increase access to care for sick, high-cost individuals while maintaining affordability for all. A recently proposed […]