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In Health Care, Sometimes It’s Provider Choice vs. Price

Drew Altman, in The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, examines the tradeoff between choice of doctors and hospitals and price when choosing a narrow network.

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The Next Big Health-Care Issue

Drew Altman, in The Wall Street Journal‘s Think Tank, writes that the next big concern for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be how much premiums increase in exchanges for 2015. He discusses the factors to focus on to put this issue in perspective when states report premium increases.

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The Twin Goals of Health Insurance

Drew Altman, in The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, examines a study finding Massachusetts’ health reform saved lives in the context of health insurance’s twin goal: better access to improve health and economic security.

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The Health-Cost Problem Is Coming Back

Drew Altman, in The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, discusses how the conversation will soon shift back to health-care costs from health coverage, because they are rising more sharply again. And as the discussion turns back, he says that because there is no national agreement on a strategy to address increasing costs, current efforts in the public and private sector, however fragmented and uncoordinated, will need to step up their game.

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What People Don’t Realize About the Affordable Care Act

Drew Altman, in The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, discusses what people don’t realize about the ACA: it is engineered for variation and it is up to Congress and the states to learn from that variation.

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Those Long Lines To Enroll In The ACA

In this Policy Insight, Kaiser Family Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman discusses the need for community based outreach to enroll the long term uninsured.

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As everyone examines the final numbers from the Affordable Care Act’s initial open enrollment period, Drew Altman, in The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, discusses what people don’t realize about the ACA: it is engineered for variation and it is up to Congress and the states to learn from that variation.
[post_title] => What People Don’t Realize About the Affordable Care Act [post_excerpt] => Drew Altman, in The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, discusses what people don’t realize about the ACA: it is engineered for variation and it is up to Congress and the states to learn from that variation. 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The photos were a signal that the Administration was going to reach its goal of seven million exchange enrollees in year one; a remarkable comeback from the rollout woes of October and November. They also showed that people procrastinate, especially when it comes to insurance, just as they do when they file their taxes; about a quarter of all tax filings are made in the last two weeks before the deadline. And the lines show that the mandate and the deadline have an effect, even if it took until the last minute for many people to act on it. But the pictures showed something else as well. Those people weren’t online, they were lining up at community centers and local government agencies. When they finally decided to enroll they wanted to go somewhere and talk to a real person. And they felt they needed help navigating the enrollment process. A survey of the uninsured we did in California recently showed that almost seven in ten have been uninsured for two years or more and about three in ten have never had insurance. More than three in ten do not have internet access at home and roughly one in five say they don’t have any access to the internet.  Studies show that health insurance literacy – the percentage of uninsured people who know what a premium is or what a deductible is – is low. For the long term, harder to reach uninsured, enrolling will never be as simple as shopping on Travelocity or Amazon.com. Reaching them will take hands on community based outreach. Experience so far shows that outreach can be reinforced by targeted media campaigns emphasizing how the tax credits offered under the law can make insurance more affordable. It is also important to emphasize the deadline and the penalty if the uninsured don’t buy insurance. The tax credits – and Medicaid, especially in the half of states that have decided to expand eligibility under the ACA – are important to outreach messages because the uninsured have always found insurance unaffordable in the past and need a reason to believe it might now be something they can finally afford. Through a quirk in the law, states operating their own health insurance exchanges had access to substantial federal grant dollars to conduct outreach and consumer assistance. Resources in states using the federally-operated health insurance marketplace were much more limited since an appropriation to support Obamacare was never going to get through the current Congress. California, which operates its own exchange, had more money for outreach from public and private sources than all of the federal exchange states have combined. It’s hard to see where more money for outreach will come from in the short term. Foundations can help at the margin at the state and local level. State governments that have embraced the idea of expanding coverage might be able to do more. It starts with the recognition that while a working website is critical to the ACA, and to enrolling people with health insurance experience who are likely to be healthier to ensure a sound risk pool, enrolling the long term uninsured will take hands on outreach at the community level. That’s one thing the pictures of the long lines showed clearly. If the ACA is to reach the uninsured who need its coverage expansions most, it is  – and ultimately needs to be – much “more than a website”. [post_title] => Those Long Lines To Enroll In The ACA [post_excerpt] => In this Policy Insight, Kaiser Family Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman discusses the need for community based outreach to enroll the long term uninsured. 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