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Topic: Health Policy



While a great deal of information is available to help consumers and companies deal with health reform and understand how it will affect them, there is at the same time an effort to understand how well it is meeting its goals, and how it will affect communities and the nation as a whole.


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Mind the Health Gaps

This November 2015 report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explores disparities in quality of life in Illinois. The report finds that 5,800 deaths could be avoided if all Illinoisans had equal opportunity to live healthy lives.

ACA 2.0

This August 2015 report from the Urban Institute outlines policy changes to improve implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Improving affordability and increasing the number of people with health insurance are discussed.

The State of Health Coverage, 2014

This September 2015 report from the US Census Bureau gives an update on the number of people who gained health insurance in 2014.  The report found that nine million people gained coverage in 2014.

Successful Cost Containment Strategies

A study released by the Commonwealth Fund in January 2015 explores what care arrangements and payment incentives effectively reduced medical costs for the chronically ill.

Eating Healthy When Eating Out

Most people do not know how many calories they consume when dining at a restaurant, which can make it difficult to choose healthful options. The FDA now requires restaurants chains with more than 20 locations to post their calorie information on menus. This November 2014 FDA consumer update describes what consumers can expect as the new rules take effect.

Is the Affordable Care Act Working?

This October 2014 interactive infographic from the New York Times answers key questions regarding the performance of the ACA based on measures of consumer experience, the level of uninsured, and the economic impact of the law on the healthcare industry. (more…)

2014 Voter Priorities: Fed Budget and the ACA

Just in time for the 2014 election, the National Priorities Project examines voter concerns regarding the Affordable Care Act and healthcare spending bringing to light public opinions. This fact sheet also prompts readers on questions for congressional candidates.

Interactive: Social Determinants of Health

Good health doesn’t start just at the doctor’s office. Where we live, learn, work, and play can influence healthy behaviors. This Institute of Medicine infographic explores the intersections of policy and population health.

Who are the Newly Insured?

This May 2014 policy brief from the Urban Institute presents charts showing that most enrollees are in ACA target income groups, and that newly insured adults tend to be younger than those already insured, more likely to report fair or poor health, and often lack a strong connection to the health care system.

Effect of the ACA: fewer Uninsured Adults

In March 2014 the national uninsurance rate for nonelderly adults was 15.2%, a drop of 2.7 percentage points since September 2013, the month before ACA open enrollment began. This represents a gain in coverage for about 5.4 million adults. The data is from the Urban Institute’s Health Reform Monitoring Survey.

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