Health Spending

How health costs might change with COVID-19

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How health costs might change with COVID-19

As the coronavirus spreads rapidly across the United States, private health insurers and government health programs could potentially face higher health care costs. However, the extent to which costs grow, and how the burden is distributed across payers, programs, individuals, and geography are still very much unknown. This brief lays out a framework for understanding […]

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How does prescription drug spending and use compare across large employer plans, Medicare Part D, and Medicaid?

How does prescription drug spending and use compare across large employer plans, Medicare Part D, and Medicaid?

Prescription drug costs are a pressing concern for both consumers and policymakers. Rising drug prices affect patients’ out-of-pocket costs as well as the budgets of private and public payers, though the challenges vary by payer. This analysis compares prescription drug …

What are the recent and forecasted trends in prescription drug spending?

What are the recent and forecasted trends in prescription drug spending?

The cost of prescription drugs has become a hot-button issue with consumers and policymakers.  One in four people taking prescription drugs report difficulty affording their medication and recent Kaiser Family Foundation opinion polling has found bipartisan support for government action …

What are recent trends and characteristics of workers with high drug spending?

What are recent trends and characteristics of workers with high drug spending?

Prescription drug spending grew rapidly between 2014 and 2015, but increases have been more modest recently. Several studies by the federal government, pharmacy benefit managers, and insurers point to high prices for new “specialty” drugs as driving the spike, in …

A look at how the opioid crisis has affected people with employer coverage

A look at how the opioid crisis has affected people with employer coverage

With deaths from opioid overdose rising steeply in recent years, and a large segment of the population reporting knowing someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, the breadth of the opioid crisis should come as no surprise, affecting people …