Medicare and Medicaid have been a foundation of helping the nation’s most vulnerable and truly needy citizens. More than 63 million Americans are enrolled and combined state and federal spending in 2010 was nearly $400 billion. This post discusses possibilities for a new integrated Medicare and Medicaid program to save money and lower tax dollars
About Robert Helms
Robert B. Helms has served as a member of the Medicaid Commission as well as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation and deputy assistant secretary for health policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). An economist by training, he has written and lectured extensively on health policy and health economics, including the history of Medicare, the tax treatment of health insurance, and compared international health systems. He currently participates in the Health Policy Consensus Group, an informal task force that is developing consumer-driven health reforms. He is the author or editor of several AEI books on health policy, including Medicare in the Twenty-First Century: Seeking Fair and Efficient Reform and Competitive Strategies in the Pharmaceutical Industry.