ACA Could Raise Medicare Costs

ACA Could Raise Medicare Costs

Lately, mews about Medicare costs have been pretty good. Congress made a deal to get rid of what would have been 50% hikes on Part B premiums and further data is now showing that the ACA has helped slow the rise in health care costs. “But these welcome short-term gains may not be sustainable, according to a new report by the Boston College Center for Retirement Research. That’s because the cost savings are being funded in part by reduced payments to doctors and hospitals, who could stop accepting Medicare patients if lower reimbursements continue. It goes without saying that raising their payments would substantially boost Medicare’s longer-term price tag—indeed, the movement to higher payments already has begun.”

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