Daily Briefing: Health Costs, Money and Budgets
CBO Estimate: The Congressional Budget Office estimated that making Medicaid expansion optional will save the federal government $84 billion over the next decade but will also mean that 3 million people will not be insured. The CBO also estimated that repealing the law would increase the federal deficit by $109 billion over the next decade, reports Julie Rovner for NPR.
Medicaid Cuts: Thirteen states are making cuts to Medicaid to help balance their budgets. These cuts come on top of extensive reductions last year, Phil Galewitz and Matthew Fleming report for Kaiser Health News.
Female Condoms: In an effort to raise awareness and acceptance, a fashion show with dresses made of female condoms was presented at the International AIDS Conference, Benjamin Morris and Michaeleen Doucleff report for NPR.
Medicare Politics: Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post checks the claims Presdient Barack Obama has been using to describe Mitt Romney’s plans for Medicare.
Health Costs: In the past decade, rising health costs have vacuumed up 90 percent of economic growth in the United States, reports Guy Boulton for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.
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