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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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Halbig v. Sebelius: Text of DC District Court Decision

The District Court of the District of Columbia issued a decision in Halbig v. Sebelius, rejecting the plaintiffs’ argument that the Affordable Care Act authorized tax credits for only those individuals who purchase insurance on a fully operational state-run exchange. This is an important decision, as some of the organizations opposing the ACA have called this argument their last, best chance to sink the ACA in its entirety. The document contains the entire 39-page decision, issued Jan. 14, 2014.

How Will Illinois’ Uninsured Fare Under the ACA?

This analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation provides a breakdown of how many uninsured people are eligible for Medicaid or for financial assistance to help them buy private insurance in the new Marketplace, and how many may gain new coverage but will not receive any financial assistance. It also estimates how many uninsured residents are undocumented immigrants and therefore are ineligible for any coverage under the ACA. (more…)

The ACA: Improving Incentives for Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment

This policy brief estimated that the number of self-employed Americans would be 1.5 million higher in 2014 because of the Affordable Care Act. Beginning next year, access to high-quality, subsidized health insurance coverage will no longer be exclusively tied to employment, which could lead people to pursue their own businesses as self-employed entrepreneurs. (more…)

Primary Care: Our First Line of Defense

Touching on some of the critical concepts in health care reform, this brief from the Commonwealth Fund explains why primary care is so important to patients and also to the country’s bottom line. It looks at medical homes, a model of care in which a team of health professionals works together to ensure people get the right care, as well as ways we can change payments to doctors and hospitals to make sure care is appropriate and people are healthy and productive. Finally, it reviews how the health care reform law is designed to help strengthen primary care.

Infographic: ACA Impact on Self Employment

This infographic by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows how the ACA is estimated to significantly increase the number of people who start their own businesses. 1.5 million additional people are expected to become self-employed because of protections or benefits offered by the act. The ACA relieves “job lock,” when people stay in jobs because their health insurance coverage is tied to their employment status.

4 tips for Improving Equity in U.S. Healthcare 

These insights on how to start the process, provided by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, are adapted from “End Health Care Disparities,” an article that originally appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on September 5, 2012.

5 Facts about Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare

This 2012 issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gives capsule summaries of inequality in access, equitable care, disease and mortality, and care for special conditions.

Disparities in Health Care Persist

This infographic shows the cost of disparity, addresses myths and explains equity in healthcare. It is part of a collection of online tools released in November 2012 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as the Reform in Action resource package.

State Health Facts: Coverage and Uninsured Indicators

A resource on health coverage and the uninsured, from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s State Health Facts service. A number of data sets are available for health insurance status for various demographic groups and by FPL; nonelderly uninsured with and without employer coverage or Medicaid; single-year uninsured estimates; and private-sector coverage.

Uninsured Quiz

The large number of uninsured people in the United States has been at the forefront of health policy discussion for decades, and in recent years has received increased attention with the passage of the health reform law in 2010. How much do you know about the uninsured population and the consequences of not having coverage? Take this quiz from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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