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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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Opinion Leaders’ Views on the Role of States in Reform

This May 2011 Commonwealth Fund survey of health care opinion leaders found that 70% favor the balance set by the Affordable Care Act or more authority for the federal government.

A Five-Part Strategy for Reaching the Eligible Uninsured

This May 2011 report from Urban Institute offers advice to federal policymakers working to promote enrollment in health insurance programs created or expanded by the Affordable Care Act. “Implementing National Health Reform: A Five-Part Strategy for Reaching the Eligible Uninsured,” suggests ways to maximize the uninsured into subsidized coverage utilizing a combination of technology and collaboration.

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…)

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%.

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.

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.

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…)

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.

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.

On the Road to Better Value: State Roles in Promoting ACOs

This February 2011 report from The Commonwealth Fund examines the development of the Accountable Care Organization model in seven states, highlighting five key areas in which states have played a role in supporting the development of the ACO model. (more…)

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