Changes to State Innovation Waivers in the Senate Health Bill Undermine Coverage and Open the Door to Misuse of Federal Funds

Under current law, section 1332 provides broad flexibility for states to waive key ACA provisions so long as health coverage is not jeopardized and federal deficits not increased. The changes in the Senate bill would upset this structure. (more…)

Like the AHCA, the Senate’s Health Care Bill Could Weaken ACA Protections Against Catastrophic Costs

Schaeffer Initiative Senior Fellow Matthew Fielder analyzes the potential effects of the Senate’s health care bill on essential health benefits and ACA protections against catastrophic costs. 

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Financial “Side Effects” of Medicare: Public Health Insurance and Household Portfolio Choices

In this post we discuss whether individuals experiencing a reduction in out-of-pocket medical expenses risk when they become Medicare eligible are more likely to invest in the stock market.

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The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 19

What’s the latest in health policy research? The Essential Scan, produced by the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers. (more…)

Follow The Money: The Flow Of Funds In The Pharmaceutical Distribution System

Any government intervention to control drug pricing should be predicated on a clear understanding of the economic forces that drive price increases, and the parties responsible for them. (more…)

CESR Conference on Polygenic Prediction and its Application in the Social Sciences

The Center for Economic and Social Research at USC hosted the largest conference ever convened on the use of genetic data in the social sciences. More than 90 researchers from a wide range of disciplines discussed how polygenic scores (measures constructed from genetic variants across the genome) help predict behavioral traits.

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Value-based drug pricing makes sense, but is difficult to pull off

Dana Goldman and Anupam Jena discuss the challenges of value-based pricing and health technology assessments. (more…)

Economic Aspects of the Opioid Crisis

USC Presidential Professor and Nobel laureate Sir Angus Deaton testified before the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress on economics and the opioid crisis on June 8, 2017.  This post is his prepared remarks. (more…)

Can We Learn from Mistakes? Development of Categorical Scoring Rubrics for Diagnostic Purposes

How can we learn about what a student can or cannot do from the mistakes they make? This post presents findings based on a new method that provide diagnostic information on student learning.

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The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 18

What’s the latest in health policy research? The Essential Scan, produced by the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers. (more…)

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