The Heritage Foundation Plan

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1. Increase Medicare eligibility to age 68
– Americans are living longer than ever before. By making this change, more than $200 billion could be saved over the course of 10 years.

2. Expand waiver process to permit states to implement solutions for continuous health insurance coverage.
– States should be free to work on solutions that will enable individuals to have continuous health coverage. Under current law, there are too many incentives to drop and add coverage at will, disrupting cost for those who retain health insurance permanently.

3. Give states authority to set and manage eligibility for Medicaid
– The federal government has shown time and time again that it cannot manage healthcare. Allow the states to take responsibility for managing Medicaid eligibility

4. Allow able-bodied Medicaid beneficiaries to enroll in private plans.
– Able-bodied adults should be given tax credits so they can purchase private insurance. Government health care should be reserved for those that have no options on the private market.

5. Sells insurance across state lines
– This will create competition and create competitive pricing to earn your business.

6. Allow doctors to forgo state board approval before opening practice
– This is an unnecessary step and will speed the process for providers to begin helping and serving patients.

7. Provide subsidies to people who can’t afford insurance to purchase private insurance
– We want as few people as possible to be on government-provided health insurance, so the best way to ensure individuals can afford insurance is to provide them with a subsidy, specifically a tax credit.

8. Organize Medicaid recipients into high-risk categories (if warranted)
– If a patient has a disease or frequent illness, those patients should be categorized into a poll where the costs are concentrated and will not affect costs for healthier individuals.

9. Reduce number of special enrollment periods
– By reducing the number of special enrollment periods, there are less chances for people to game the system. People will enroll when they need coverage and once their expenses are paid, they drop out.

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