Rea S. Hederman Jr.
In The Columbus Dispatch, Buckeye’s Rea Hederman questions what Ohioans have actually learned from the 2018 Medicaid expansion assessment report writing, “It is important to point out that the government’s report did not include a critical piece of information — the methodology explaining how the data was collected… The lack of a methodology makes it impossible to validate the report’s claims and taxpayers and the media are left to wonder if Ohio really is healthier and more prosperous due to Medicaid expansion.”
“As health care and prescription drug costs continue to climb and the U.S. population ages, Medicare programs need all the competitive advantages and cost-conscious initiatives they can get. Permitting well-monitored step therapy prescriptions may be a small step, but it’s still a step in the right direction,” writes Rea S. Hederman Jr. in The Hill.
On the very day he was inaugurated, President Trump issued his first executive order directing all federal agencies to cooperate with and “provide greater flexibility to States” as they looked for ways to stop the premium pains of Obamacare. So far, 500 days later, that order has yet to be followed, writes Buckeye's Rea S. Hederman Jr. in The Hill.
Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center and vice president of policy, submitted public comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Ohio’s work requirement waiver application. These comments follow ones Hederman submitted to the Ohio Department of Medicaid on March 16, 2018.
Actions by the federal government have taken health care out of the hands of state officials and centralized it in Washington. The result: families are paying ever higher health insurance premiums for coverage they often do not want or need. This means less money to pay other bills, college tuition, or even buy food.
In National Review, Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Doug Badger call on Congress and the administration to give states more latitude to fix their health insurance markets, which is the central recommendation of their new Mercatus Center study.