Responsible Tax Credits for Health Insurance

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    Responsible Tax Credits for Health Insurance
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    0844771619
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The 1990s saw no progress in the financing of health care. About 40 million Americans still have no health insurance--including 22 percent of America's children and 19 percent of young adults. And an economic downturn brings with it increased numbers of uninsured.

What can be done? Mark V. Pauly and John S. Hoff answer with a tax credit/voucher system introduced in a common-sense way, with as much simplicity and flexibility as possible. The United States can launch such a program immediately and make needed adjustments along the way. The use of the credit assists people in obtaining insurance and provides tax equity.

The authors chronicle changes in U.S. attitudes about health care and in the economic environment, tackle design issues, and consider policy trade-offs and problems of the technicalities of such a program. They offer a sample tax-credit plan and respond to possible objections to their plan.

Mark V. Pauly is professor of health care systems, insurance and risk management, and public policy and managamement at the Wharton School of Business; professor of economics at the School of Arts and Sciences; and Bendheim Professor, University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Institute of Medince and an adjunct scholar of AEI. John S. Hoff is a health care lawyer and policy analyst in Washington, D.C.

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About the Author

 

Mark V.
Pauly

  • Mark V. Pauly is the Bendheim Professor in the Department of Health Care Management;  professor of health care management, insurance and risk management, and business and public policy at the Wharton School; codirector of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Life Sciences and Management Program; and professor of economics in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. A former commissioner on the Physician Payment Review Commission, Mr. Pauly has served on the advisory committee to the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality and on the Medicare Technical Advisory Panel. He currently serves on the National Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Health National Center for Research Resources, the National Academy of Sciences' Committee to Study the Veterinary Workforce, and its Committee on the Biomedical Workforce. He has been a consultant to the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (which supported some of his work on individual health insurance), and health trade associations. Mr. Pauly is a coeditor-in-chief of the International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics and an associate editor of the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty.  


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    Email: pauly@wharton.upenn.edu

 

John
Hoff

  • From 2005 to 2009, John held the position of Health Attaché of the United States Mission to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In that capacity, John represented the United States at UNESCO and OECD on health, social, and science policy matters such as the effect of U.S. and European health systems'organizational and reimbursement policies on innovation, quality, and access.


    Prior to his position of Health Attaché, John served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, in charge of the Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy (DALTCP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2001 to 2005. While practicing law, with specialty in health law and policy, John represented hospitals, hospital associations, organ recovery organization, doctors, and others in connection with legal issues such as Medicare reimbursement; price controls; health planning and certificate of need; organ donation and recovery; antitrust; fraud and abuse and self-referral; national physician data bank; and physician discipline.


     

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