States can spend money to save money under new health care rules

by Public Works on January 10, 2013 in January 2013 eNewsletter

Dollar rollWhile some states are still deciding whether to expand Medicaid as called for in the Affordable Care Act, a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation points to clear financial benefits for states that opt in. According to Governing Magazine’s recent summary of the study:

States would spend a combined $8 billion through 2022 to fully expand the low-income insurance program (compared to expected spending with other ACA provisions but without the expansion). … Over the same period, states would save a combined $18 billion because they would spend less on uncompensated care payments, which states pay to hospitals and other health-care providers for the care they provide to people without insurance.

Fading Away from Hurricane Sandy: We’re good at relief, but where’s the public will for prevention and planning?

by Elaine Mejia on January 10, 2013 in Feature

By Elaine Mejia, Senior Program Associate Does our public will have attention deficit disorder? We can summon such national energy and action to provide emergency aid in the wake of a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy, but we seem to … Continue reading

Are we sabotaging better understanding of taxes with our own rhetoric?

by Public Works on January 10, 2013 in January 2013 eNewsletter

During the latest round of fiscal negotiations, much of the rhetoric from both sides of the debate actually undermined better understanding of and support for adequate and fairly distributed revenues to fund the work of government. Anat Shenker-Osorio does a … Continue reading

The deadly consequences of an anemic FDA

by Public Works on January 10, 2013 in Government

This article from GRIST links recent outbreaks of food-borne illnesses to the weakened powers and drained resources of the FDA. The absence of a role for government is literally “making us sick.” [T]he FDA is being slowly starved of the … Continue reading

Exposing government’s hidden role in innovation

by Public Works on January 10, 2013 in Government

This article in The Breakthrough Journal breaks through the myth that innovation is solely the work of individuals toiling away in their own garages and sheds light on the role that government plays through funding, providing lab space, etc. Explaining … Continue reading

New citizen input tool launched in D.C.

by Public Works on January 10, 2013 in January 2013 eNewsletter

The District of Columbia is testing out a new tool for citizen input. The website Grade.DC.gov allows residents to provide feedback on the quality of the services provided by various district agencies. Residents can also use the website to review … Continue reading

Fiscal cliff triggers discussions of government’s role in inequality

by Public Works on January 10, 2013 in Economy

The recent fiscal cliff negotiations sparked some interesting conversations about inequality and, in some cases, government’s role in addressing inequality. A particularly thoughtful piece in the New York Times explains the domestic and global trends contributing to inequality and steps … Continue reading