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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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How to Educate the Public about the ACA

Recommendations from CaliforniaSpeaks. The group conducted seven community dialogue sessions with more than 220 participants (total, at all sessions) across California during January and February 2011 to explore the key factors that influence support and opposition to the law, including ways to better educate the public about its actual provisions. The forums were supported by a grant from the Blue Shield of California Foundation.

Public Opinion and Health Care Policy Tutorial

This 13-minute audio tutorial covers basic concepts and data concerning health reform and the impression people have about the nation’s health cares system. It was produced for, a Kaiser Family Foundation website that ceased production in September 2013; however, the materials remain available.

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.

Employers and Health Care Reform

This March 2011 policy brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the issues surrounding the ACA’s requirement that mid- and large-sized companies make payments to the federal government if they do not offer health insurance to their employees and dependents. The brief, which was published in Health Affairs notes that the requirement is high-profile and one of the law’s more controversial elements.

Views on Health Reform Remain Divided

This February 2011 Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that, in the wake of the health reform repeal vote in the U.S. House and the ongoing legal challenges over the individual mandate, nearly half the country either believes that Affordable Care Act has been repealed and is no longer law (22%) or doesn’t know enough to say whether it is still law (26%).

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…)

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.

State of the States: Laying the Foundation for Health Reform

The 2011 State of the States report outlines the significant, wide-ranging efforts undertaken by states in 2010 in spite of major budget challenges and rising demand for public health care programs. The State Coverage Initiatives is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. on the Myths of 2010

Wild claims topped off a major campaign to discredit the law with misrepresentations, reported in October 2010. “As the election draws near, some conservative groups are making ever-wilder claims about the new health care law,” the wrote. (more…)

Health Coverage in Illinois: How Will Health Reform Help?

These March 2010 reports by Families USA provide state-level information on how the Affordable Care Act will improve health coverage and care for residents.

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