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Edwin Park
Park is Vice President for Health Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he focuses on Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and issues related to federal health reform.

He also analyzes federal tax policies related to health care, state regulation of the private health insurance market, and issues related to low-income Medicare beneficiaries, private plans in Medicare, and prescription drugs.

He has testified before Congress, been interviewed on NPR and CNBC, and has been cited in media publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times.
Prior to coming to the Center in 2001, he served as the health policy advisor for the National Economic Council.

He also has worked as a Medicaid professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and as an attorney in private practice specializing in health law.

He has a law degree from Harvard Law School and an A.B. from Princeton University.

Entries by Edwin Park

Reining in Overpayments to Employer Plans in Medicare Advantage

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 6:12 PM

Insurers, with help from some employers and unions, have intensified their campaign against a proposed change to how Medicare reimburses certain Medicare Advantage plans that serve employer or union retirees.  The proposal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), however, is sound.  It would reduce excessive payments...

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Obama Budget Strengthens Medicaid and CHIP

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 6:11 PM

The President's budget includes sound improvements to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), including:

  • Three years of full federal financing for all Medicaid expansion states.  The President proposes to have the federal government pay the entire cost of health reform's Medicaid expansion for the first three...
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Latest CBO Figures Give Incomplete Picture of Health Reform

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 3:37 PM

Some critics cite the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates of enrollment in health reform's marketplaces to argue that health reform is losing momentum, but that's premature.  Until next month, when CBO updates its ten-year estimates of expected coverage gains -- from all sources of coverage -- it's too...

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CBO: Senate-Passed Budget Bill Would Reverse Almost All of Health Reform's Coverage Gains

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 1:00 PM

The Senate-passed budget reconciliation bill would boost the number of uninsured Americans by at least 22 million starting in 2018, relative to current law, according to preliminary Congressional Budget Office (CBO) coverage estimates (see chart).  Thus, virtually all (at least 92 percent) of the historic health coverage gains that...

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Puerto Rico's Capped Federal Medicaid Funding Causing Shortfalls

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 4:19 PM

This week's Senate Finance Committee hearing on Puerto Rico's financial and economic challenges brought overdue attention to the island's inadequate Medicaid funding.  Unlike the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico is limited to a low, fixed amount of federal Medicaid funding each year irrespective of its...

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CBO: Individual Mandate Repeal Would Undo Historic Health Coverage Gains

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 4:01 PM

As part of budget reconciliation legislation that may move in coming weeks, House Republican leaders are likely to include a repeal of health reform's requirement, known as the individual mandate, that most individuals have insurance or pay a penalty.  That would reverse much of the historic progress the...

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CBO: Five-Year Individual Mandate Delay Means 13 Million More Uninsured, Higher Premiums

(3) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 2:17 PM

Delaying health reform's individual mandate for five years, as a House bill would do to offset the cost of permanently cancelling scheduled cuts in Medicare payments to physicians, would mean about 13 million more uninsured Americans in 2018 compared to current law, with similar increases in most years that...

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Paul Ryan's Misleading Claim About Health Reform, Poor Families, and Work

(17) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 9:04 AM

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's claim that health reform creates a "poverty trap" that discourages poor families from working has it backwards, as my colleague Jared Bernstein notes.  Chairman Ryan's proposals to repeal health reform and block-grant Medicaid would more likely increase work disincentives, particularly among poor...

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No Special Fix for Congress Under New Health Reform Rule

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 4:10 PM

The administration will reportedly issue regulations next week confirming that the federal government, which now contributes to the costs of health insurance for members of Congress and their staff, will continue to do so once they enroll in plans offered through the new health insurance exchanges in 2014.

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Latest Health Reform Repeal Effort Would Make Coverage Less Affordable

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 3:41 PM

The House will likely vote tomorrow on yet another attempt to block health reform, this time by preventing the Treasury Department -- which includes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) -- from implementing any of it.  Like the 40-odd bills that the House has already approved to repeal part or all...

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