Why Is The Biden Administration Covering Up Hospital Violations?
- BY FGA
This important question is one of the many topics covered in recent research papers released by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA).
This summer, FGA is focused in on the ways Congress and the states can protect valuable resources for the truly needy, prevent out-of-control spending, and reduce the regulatory burden harming Americans.
Here are the latest papers:
The Biden Administration’s Action on Short-Term Health Plans Will Only Harm Americans
For decades, Americans have been able to utilize short-term health plans to find flexible options for coverage at affordable prices. The Biden administration has proposed a rule that would limit Americans’ choices by preventing them from buying these short-term plans for more than three months at a time—instead of the 12 months currently available. This poses a serious financial and health risk to an estimated 600,000 people who would likely go uninsured without the coverage that short-term plans provide. This is not just a bad policy; it also harms real people.
How Congress Can Rein in Biden Bureaucrats’ Spending Spree
In just his first two years in the White House, President Biden’s bureaucrats finalized more than $300 billion in new regulatory costs—more than any other president and nearly 14 times more than during President Trump’s first two years. In addition to the cost, it also added 220 million hours of paperwork and reversed the Trump administration’s work in reducing paperwork that is a burden on American entrepreneurs. Congress can learn from Florida and pass legislation like the REINS Act to rein bureaucrats by requiring them to seek congressional approval before costly rules and regulations are implemented.
How the Biden Administration Is Enabling Hospitals to Violate Price Transparency Requirements
Thanks to a 2019 rule from the Trump administration, hospitals are required to post an easy-to-use file of charges for different procedures on their website and to display shoppable health care services in a consumer-friendly format. Yet, many hospitals aren’t doing this. And FGA wants to know why hospitals are violating price transparency requirements—and why the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has a relaxed attitude toward enforcing hospital price transparency requirements and varying enforcement timelines. There is still not a full and complete understanding of why CMS is willfully ignoring hospital price transparency violations because CMS is stonewalling access to hospital price transparency records. CMS should commit to full transparency and release as many responsive documents related to the enforcement of the hospital price transparency rules.
President Biden’s Proposed Student Loan Rule Would Cost Taxpayers Billions
The Supreme Court made it clear: The president doesn’t have the authority to unilaterally wipe out student loan debt. But that’s not stopping this administration from pushing forward new schemes to shift the debt burden onto American taxpayers. A new proposed rule would alter income-driven repayment (IDR) plans, allowing some individuals making more than double the federal poverty level to escape their student loans without making any payments. It will incentivize more people to take on debt and won’t put any pressure on universities to lower the price tag of a four-year degree. The REINS Act could prevent costly rules like this.
Medicaid Mismanagement: How States Can Restore Integrity to the Program While Saving Taxpayers Billions
An important safety net for truly needy Americans has ballooned in size over the last two decades and strayed far from its original purpose. Thanks to countless expansions over the years, more than 100 million Americans were on Medicaid as of earlier this year and improper payments are costing taxpayers billions of dollars. Instead of taking the steps to implement common sense program integrity measures, the Biden administration has proposed a rule that would limit states from conducting eligibility checks and stop the soaring improper payment rates. States should take the needed steps to protect their safety nets and implement commonsense safeguards despite an unsupportive federal government.