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Topic: Health Reform

As far back as 1948, President Truman drew attention to the need to make healthcare more accessible, stating that “most of our people cannot afford to pay for the care they need.” In recent decades this has been a growing national issue, which came to a boil during the enactment of, and subsequent constitutional challenges to, the Affordable Care Act.

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Health Reform: 7 Things You Need to Know

Health reform will affect every American because the new health law establishes new consumer protections and responsibilities. This brief guide was developed by Consumer Reports in 2012 to help readers understand what the changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act mean for you and your family.

The ACA on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

After it was upheld by the Supreme Court, many Americans were scrambling to remember — or learn for the first time – what’s in the law and how it works. NPR’s “All Things Considered” asked for questions from audiences online and on air, and presented some answers, edited for clarity and length. See the transcript, or listen to the segment, which aired in July 2012.

How Medicaid Expansion Will Impact State Budgets

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities presented this brief on Medicaid expansion in July 2012, focusing on how it will impact state budgets and what role the federal government will have. The Federal government will pick up nearly all costs, even as expansion provides coverage to millions of low-income uninsured Americans.

Opting Out of Medicaid Expansion: How Many Left Behind?

This July 2012 analysis from Urban Institute Health Policy Center finds that state decisions may leave without coverage 11.5 million of the 15.1 million uninsured adults who would be newly eligible for Medicaid.

A Guide to the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Decision

This policy brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation describes the Court’s decision and looks ahead to the implementation of health reform now that the constitutionality of the ACA has been resolved. The brief contains sections describing the background to the case, specifics pertaining to the individual mandate and Medicaid expansion, as well as how the overall decision will affect the future.

A Closer Look at the Medicaid Holding in NFIB v Sebelius

This implementation brief from HealthReformGPS examines exactly what the Court held in its Medicaid ruling and discusses the significance of the majority conclusion, as well as the key implementation questions that arise in the wake of this opinion. (more…)

How the Court Could Rule on the Affordable Care Act

This simple graphic by the NY Times from June 2012 illustrated in interactive form the implications for the ACA based on possible Supreme Court rulings.

Dying for Coverage: The Deadly Consequences of Being Uninsured

Uninsured adults are at least 25% more likely to die prematurely than adults who have private insurance. This June 2012 report from Families USA gives state-level breakdowns of the 26,100 people between the ages of 25 and 64 who died prematurely due to a lack of health insurance in 2010.

Gaps in Health Insurance: Why So Many Have Them and How the ACA Will Help

The Commonwealth Fund Health Insurance Tracking Survey found that a quarter of adults ages 19 to 64 experienced a gap in their health insurance in 2011, with a majority remaining uninsured for one year or more. Losing or changing jobs was the primary reason people experienced a gap.

Transcript: First Day of ACA Supreme Court Arguments

Transcript released by the Supreme Court of the first day of oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act March 26, 2012.

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