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 Q:   Selected Medical Benefits: A Report This April 2011 report from the Labor Department tabulates information from the BLS National Compensation Survey to help HHS determine what constituted an "essential benefit," and examines data for 12 additional services for which HHS requested information on coverage and cost sharing. The study mainly looked at large employer benefits. (more…)

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 Q:   State Health Insurance Exchanges - Status and Governance Issues This April 2011 report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities summarizes its efforts to track the status of state legislation in terms of exchange establishment and governance.

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 Q:   Medicare ACOs Implementation Brief This April 2011 brief from Healthcare Reform GPS provides an overview of the April 7th proposed rule on Medicare Accountable Care Organizations and related rulemaking, and gives a detailed analysis of the issues, along with comprehensive citations.

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 Q:   Medicaid ACA Eligibility: Challenges for States SHADAC's April 2011 webinar and two presentations on eligibility challenges that states face under the ACA’s Medicaid provisions.

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 Q:   The Impact of the ACA on Coverage and State Health Care Expenditures in Illinois This April 2011 analysis from RAND COMPARE estimates that, in 2016 (the year that all of the provisions in the ACA related to coverage expansion will be fully implemented), the uninsured rate in Illinois will fall to 3%; without the law, it would remain near 15%.

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 Q:   Illinois - State Refor(u)m Website

NASHP's State Refor(u)m helps states meet the implementation challenges and opportunities of health care reform.

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 Q:   Help on the Horizon: Will Bring Relief Millions Hurt by the Recession Findings from The Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey of 2010 demonstrate that the passage of the Affordable Care Act was critical to the future health and well-being of working families. Publishe in March 2011.

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 Q:   The ACA's Basic Health Program Option for States This March 2011 report from the Urban Institute describes an option under the Affordable Care Act that allows states to implement a Basic Health Program. The BHP is a state-run coverage program for low-income people who aren’t eligible for Medicaid and lack access to an employer-sponsored plan. Under the law, states can opt to devise a BHP and receive 95% of the federal subsidy that would have otherwise been offered through the health insurance exchange. This report prepared for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded State Coverage Initiatives by the Urban Institute explores select approaches that states could take to implement a BHP.

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 Q:   Employers and Health Care Reform This March 2011 policy brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the issues surrounding the ACA's requirement that mid- and large-sized companies make payments to the federal government if they do not offer health insurance to their employees and dependents. The brief, which was published in Health Affairs notes that the requirement is high-profile and one of the law’s more controversial elements.

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 Q:   Selecting Plans to Participate in an Exchange This February 2011 state guide from Families USA is intended to help stakeholders understand what’s involved in selecting plans and how the process can be structured in the best interests of state residents.

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 Q:   Views on Health Reform Remain Divided This February 2011 Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that, in the wake of the health reform repeal vote in the U.S. House and the ongoing legal challenges over the individual mandate, nearly half the country either believes that Affordable Care Act has been repealed and is no longer law (22%) or doesn’t know enough to say whether it is still law (26%).

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 Q:   The Effect of Health Reform on State Budgets This February 2011 analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that while there will be some new costs for states associated with the large expansion of Medicaid, the ACA also creates new savings and revenues for all states, along with opportunities for states to achieve further, often longer-term state savings. (more…)

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 Q:   Health Care Opinion Leaders' Views on Congressional Priorities

Commonwealth Fund February 2011 Data Brief: More than nine of 10 leaders in health care and health care policy believe the general direction set by the Affordable Care Act is appropriate, with nearly seven of 10 favoring implementing the law with little or no change, according to a Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey.

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 Q:   Impact of Repealing Health Reform's Maintenance of Effort Provision This February 2011 issue brief by the Center on Budget and Policy Priority showed that repealing health reform's maintenance of effort provision could cause millions of children, parents, seniors, and people with disabilities to lose coverage, and would also bring about the loss of jobs.

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 Q:   Cost-Sharing: Effects on Spending and Outcomes Key findings of this December 2010 brief include: Research consistently shows demand for health care is price sensitive, but it is unlikely cost-sharing will significantly slow the growth of health care spending. Almost 50% of costs are associated with the 5% of the population facing serious medical conditions. The report is part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Synthesis Project.

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