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The Food Stamp program (SNAP) appears to work much better than health assistance programs for low-income seniors, says NCPA President and CEO John C. Goodman in his new book, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis.
Currently three Medicare savings programs are designed to make Medicare more affordable for poor and near-poor beneficiaries by paying premiums and eliminating out-of-pocket cost sharing:
Yet amazingly, fewer than one-third of eligible Medicare beneficiaries enroll in these programs.
Contrast what we do in health care with SNAP, which has about 60 million participants (most of whom are probably also Medicaid enrollees).
Like food, health is generally considered a necessity. So why not treat it the same way we treat food? This would make certain that the poor have the wherewithal to pay for their health care not by forcing them to wait or take poorer quality, but with health care dollars. These health care dollars would be full dollars to providers, ensuring that the poor can complete for resources with all other buyers of care.
Source: John C. Goodman, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, Independent Institute, June 2012.
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