Health Spending

How have health spending and utilization changed during the coronavirus pandemic?

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How have health spending and utilization changed during the coronavirus pandemic?

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, it was not clear how healthcare utilization and spending would change. Although one might expect health costs to increase during a pandemic, there were other factors driving spending and utilization down. In spring of 2020, healthcare use and spending dropped precipitously due to cancellations of elective care to increase hospital […]

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How lowering the Medicare eligibility age might affect employer-sponsored insurance costs

How lowering the Medicare eligibility age might affect employer-sponsored insurance costs

One of President Biden’s campaign proposals was to lower the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 60, with the goal of offering lower-cost public insurance to a group that often faces high out-of-pocket costs with private coverage. More recently, …