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Trends in Health Insurance Coverage in the U.S.: The Impact of the Economy

The rising number of uninsured, who they are and how they might obtain health insurance coverage were much debated during the consideration and passage of health reform in the last year. Panelists at this briefing examined the recent health insurance coverage numbers and trends, what they mean, who the newly…

Accountable Care Organizations: A New Paradigm for Health Care Delivery?

The health reform law of 2010 authorizes Medicare, beginning next year, to contract with accountable care organizations (ACOs) in a Medicare Shared Savings Program. ACOs provide financial incentives to improve the coordination and quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, while reducing costs. But providers have raised red flags, saying the…

Preventing Chronic Disease: The New Public Health

There is a groundswell of activity in local communities to support healthier lifestyles and help people make long-lasting and sustainable changes that can reduce their risk for chronic diseases. A number of provisions in the health reform law are aimed directly at improving population health by addressing conditions where Americans…

Health Insurance Exchanges: House or Senate Style?

Health insurance exchanges can potentially serve a variety of policy ends, from promoting transparency and competition among health plans, to pooling risk, to administering subsidies for those unable to afford health insurance premiums. This briefing, co-sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth Fund, looked at how the…

Pathways to Payment Innovation in a Post-Health Reform Era

The new health reform law contains a number of changes in the way health care is paid for, particularly in public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. The Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth Fund sponsored a May 10 briefing which explored topics such as how some health care…

Coping with Fragmented Payment in the Real World

The Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth Fund sponsored this briefing which focused on three communities that have reformed and harmonized health care payments across payers to improve care: a New York health center that serves a low income population; a Colorado community that pools money from public and…

Inside Deficit Reduction: What It Means for Medicare

Proposals to generate Medicare savings abound, from the various commissions recommending change, members of Congress and others. Which proposals will, or should receive serious considerations by the Congressional super committee in its quest to find $1.2 trillion or more in savings by its November 23 deadline? What impact would these…

50 Million Uninsured: The Faces Behind the Headlines

Almost 50 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2010 — about a million more than in 2009. Who are the uninsured? Why do so many Americans lack coverage? What are the trends in coverage among different segments of the population? What do these trends mean for the health care system…

Inside Deficit Reduction: What It Means For Medicaid

This briefing, co-sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The SCAN Foundation, featured panelists discussing which deficit-reduction proposals affecting Medicaid might receive serious consideration by the congressional “super committee,” as well as what kind of impact such changes would have…

A Reporter’s Guide to Supreme Court Arguments on Health Reform

The Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored this reporters-only briefing to help journalists cover the Supreme Court arguments challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and their aftermath with greater depth and understanding. Panelists focus on tips, story ideas and angles that have perhaps…

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