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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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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.

8 Million and Counting: Premiums and Cost Sharing

This May 2014 policy brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation takes a deeper look at premiums, cost sharing and benefit design in the new Health Insurance Marketplaces based on a comprehensive dataset of information for all ACA silver plans.

Designing a Marketplace

This resource from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities helps design a marketplace based on information gathered from policies and data collected from research data sets and Marketplace materials, which can be used to tailor the marketplace based on state-based Marketplace, state sartnership Marketplace, and state-based SHOP.

Illinois Health System Change Overview 2014

This April 2014 overview by the Make Medicare Work Coalition details major changes experienced by the Illinois health system, including the SMART Act, ACA system improvement efforts, and the 1115 Path to Transformation Waiver and what providers need to know.

Smoking, Obesity, Insurance and Incentives

This article from JAMA discusses how insurers of individual policies are no longer able to discriminate according to preexisting conditions, so ACA makes individual policies more in line with other forms of insurance.

ACA Provisions Impacting Pulmonary Medicine

This brief from the American Thoracic society examines the provisions that have been enacted that will impact both patients and providers in the form of a timeline from 2010 to 2015.

Young Adult Participation in Health Insurance Marketplace

The Commonwealth Fund examines the importance of young adult utilization of the ACA marketplace in this February 2014 brief, and finds health status to be more important than age.

The ACA and Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waivers

This Kaiser Family Foundation brief explains Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waivers under the Affordable Care Act. States have obtained or are seeking approval through Section 1115 waivers to implement Medicaid expansion in ways that extend beyond the flexibility provided by the law. Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waivers provide states with a way to test approaches in Medicaid that differ from federal program rules. States are still accessing enhanced federally matched funds.

Black Population Health Coverage

This July 2013 fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation explains implications of the Affordable Care Act for Blacks as they face health and health care disparities.

Risk Adjustment, Reinsurance and Risk Corridors under the ACA

This January 2014 brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation explains factors that are intended to promote insurer competition on based on quality and value and promote health insurance market stability.

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