By David Blumenthal MD & Shanoor Seervai – The government shutdown last month revealed how partisan gridlock is making it very difficult for lawmakers to maintain vital public services. Even programs that have enjoyed decades of bipartisan support, such as CHIP, have been caught in the wrangling.
By Sara R. Collins & David Blumenthal MD – New estimates released this week by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) show that annual growth in U.S. health care spending increased to 5.3 percent in 2014, up from 2.9 percent in 2013, after five consecutive years of historically low growth.
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