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Privatizing in the Dark: The Pitfalls of Privatization & Why Budget Disclosure is Needed

Periodically, we hear elected leaders promoting what seems like a free lunch: hand-over control of government services or government assets to private industry and services will improve at a lower cost. Like most promises of a free lunch, privatization of government services ”“ also known as "contracting out" or "public-private partnerships"”“ has rarely delivered on its promises, with most studies showing little gain and often substantial losses for the public.

Affordable Housing Conference Call, Privatizing Mental Health Services & Trans Fat Bans

Affordable Housing Conference Call, Privatizing Mental Health Services & Trans Fat Bans

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Nevada May Repeat Other States' Mistakes in Privatizing Mental Health Services

Nevada is exploring privatization of its mental health services, citing the difficulty of finding psychiatrists for its state-operated psychiatric hospital and a shortage of mental health care services in rural communities. Yet, privatization is not the easy fix it's often sold as and raises concerns of accountability and quality inherent in contracting out public services to private firms.

Privatizing Health Care at Taxpayers' and Patients' Expense

A perfect storm is brewing around the shady business practices of a private Florida insurance company that covers 2.3 million Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries nationwide, including a raid by federal and state agents, allegations of fraud, a subsidiary in the Cayman Islands, signing up dead people, and excessive profits gleaned from government contracts. This sounds like a bad B-movie caper directed by Dick Cheney, but it is an all-too-real account of Medicaid and Medicare privatization going sour.

Research Roundup

A number of new immigration-related reports were released this week:

Industry Looks to Federal Rules to Preempt State Regulation

Industry Looks to Federal Rules to Preempt State Regulation

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

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Congressional SCHIP Compromise Moving Forward

As we predicted in July, the compromise legislation to reauthorize and expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) that is emerging in Congress is more like the weaker Senate bill than the House's broader proposal. Still, the compromise would bring total enrollment to 10 million children, up from 6.6 million and cover an additional 3.2 million uninsured children. SCHIP is an important state-federal program and is vital to state efforts to ensure children have the health care they need when they need it. 

Will special session yield California health care reform?

Will special session yield California health care reform?

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

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Research Roundup

Despite claims by the Bush administration that extending SCHIP health coverage to more kids will undermine private health coverage, new data from the Economic Policy Institute emphasizes that 86% of SCHIP enrollees either had no coverage or lost coverage within the six months before signing up. And even the majority of those with private coverage who switched over to SCHIP cited the lack of affordability of that private coverage as the need to enroll.