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Brian Blase Quoted in Inside Health Policy – April 26, 2024

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Brian Blase
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Brian Blase, Ph.D., is the President of Paragon Health Institute. Brian was Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House’s National Economic Council (NEC) from 2017-2019, where he coordinated the development and execution of numerous health policies and advised the President, NEC director, and senior officials. After leaving the White House, Brian founded Blase Policy Strategies and serves as its CEO.

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On April 26, 2024, Paragon President Brian Blase was quoted in Inside Health Policy.

From the article:

Paragon President and Founder Brian Blase tells Inside Health Policy Congress also should let the enhanced Affordable Care Act tax credits expire at the end of next year, a contrasting with President Joe Biden, Democratic lawmakers, and numerous outside interests, who want those credits permanently extended.

“Rising federal debt, interest rates, and inflation represent clear and growing problems for Americans,” Blase told IHP after the event. “The number one fiscal threat is the unsustainable spending trajectory of federal health programs.”

Paragon is pushing four key reforms to reduce the costs pressures from the programs, Blase says: “1. stop overpaying hospitals by pursuing site-neutral payments in Medicare; 2. increase efficiencies in Medicare Advantage payments as laid out in Paragon’s proposal; 3. let the enhanced ACA subsidies to health insurers expire after 2025; and 4. stop discriminating against traditional Medicaid enrollees (low-income kids, pregnant women, and people with disabilities) by lowering the federal subsidy rate for ACA able-bodied, working-age expansion enrollees to the rate paid for traditional enrollees.”

The full article can be found in Inside Health Policy.

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