Stories by Sam Baker

Red states' Medicaid gamble: Paying more to cover fewer people

Illustration of a price tag hanging from an IV stand
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Red states are getting creative as they look for new ways to limit the growth of Medicaid. But in the process those states are taking legal, political and practical risks that could ultimately leave them paying far more, to cover far fewer people.

Why it matters: Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program cover more than 72 million Americans, thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. Rolling back the program is a high priority for the Trump administration, and it needs states' help to get there.

How your health care would change under "Medicare for All"

Illustrated collage of Bernie Sanders with red crosses.
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" push has upended Democratic politics almost as thoroughly as it would upend the health care system.

Why it matters: The coverage most of us are used to — private insurance through the workplace — would change or even disappear under Medicare for All. The only question Democrats are really debating is how far to go, and how quickly.

Employers' health care crisis will only get worse

Data: CMS; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

Employers are keeping quiet in the political debate over health care costs, but the cost crisis looming in front of them is bigger than many people may realize.

Why it matters: Washington isn’t known for being proactive, but in some ways it’s better prepared than the private sector to grapple with the ever-climbing cost of care. And some experts warn that these costs will eventually have a chilling effect on the economy.