Budget Matters Blog

Category: Health Care


You Ask, We Answer: How Is Medicare Funded?

Last week we received numerous questions about how Medicare is funded. The questions were brought on by the launch of Tax Day and confusion over why Social Security and Medicare showed up in charts on how your income taxes were spent in 2011.  As many of you pointed out, there ...


Updated Data: Medicare Enrollments and High School Dropouts

We've updated two of our indicators to reflect the latest available published data: Medicare Enrollment: updated through 2010 High School Dropouts: updated through the 2008-2009 school year

Coloradans Pay Hefty Taxes, Reap Considerable Benefits

Colorado residents will caucus today to decide their pick for the Republican nominee for president. Choosing a presidential candidate in part means caucus-goers will consider how they want the government to spend their federal tax dollars. National Priorities Project took a look at how much Colorado residents currently pay in ...


Data Story: Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

This data story compares the health insurance coverage rate of children under 18 and adults in the 18 to 64-year-old category.


Updated Data: Health Insurance Coverage

Health insurance coverage data has been updated. The Children's Health Insurance and People's Health Insurance datasets are now current through 2010.


Updated Data: 38 Expenditures

38 datasets have been updated to reflect yesterday's release of the FY 2010 Consolidated Federal Funds Report, which tracks federal government expenditures or obligations.


The Scoop on the American Jobs Act of 2011

President Obama presented the American Jobs Act of 2011 on September 8th and sent it to Congress on September 12th. Want to know what it's all about? Here’s the rundown. How does it help… the unemployed? It makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against unemployed job applicants because of ...

White House Holds State Calls About Budget Deal

The White House Office of Public Engagement has scheduled a series of ten state calls (see list and specific invitation below). Note there are two calls today (Wednesday) for folks in California and Colorado and the rest through the end of this week. You are welcome to forward this invitation ...

Mainers Want Their Federal Income Taxes Spent on Education, Health Care

In the midst of Congressional debates about debt, budget cuts, and tax increases, a “penny poll” was held in every Maine county asking participants, “How would you like your federal tax dollars spent?” Mainers Larry Dansinger and Lisa Savage were among the leading coordinators of this effort.Education, health care, and ...

Field Notes: Creating Change in Washington

Earlier this week I went to Washington, D.C. for the international conference of RESULTS, a nonpartisan organization working to end hunger and poverty by empowering individuals to exercise their personal and political power. The goal of RESULTS is captured in this quote by former Oregon Republican Senator Mark Hatfield:“We stand ...