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Massachusetts Health Care Reform: Six Years Later

In 2006, then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed Massachusetts’ comprehensive health reform designed to provide near-universal health insurance coverage for state residents. Building on a long history of health reform efforts, the state embarked on an ambitious plan to promote shared individual, employer, and government responsibility. This brief examines Massachusetts’ experience with…

A Guide to Developing Assistance Programs for Health Care Consumers

The Health Rights Hotline, based in Sacramento, California, wasestablished in 1997 as a model to demonstrate and assess how anindependent assistance program can help consumers successfully accesscare, navigate the health care system, and improve the system for allhealth care consumers. Based on the experiences of the Health Rights Hotline, this…

2001 Retiree Health and Prescription Drug Coverage Survey-6020

2001 Retiree Health and Prescription Drug Coverage SurveyThis survey, released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, and HRET, profiles retiree health coverage for Medicare-age (65+) retirees, including the amount retirees pay for coverage compared to active workers, cost-sharing for prescription drugs, and eligibility requirements for retiree benefits. The…

National Survey on Consumers’ Experiences With Patient Safety and Quality Information — Summary and Chartpack

National Survey on Consumers’ Experiences With Patient Safety and Quality Information — Summary and ChartpackThis chartpack summarizes key findings from a national survey assesses Americans’ perceptions about the quality of health care, their awareness and reported usage of information in making their health care choices, and their experiences with their…

The State of Retiree Health Benefits: Historical Trends and Future Uncertainties

Tricia Neuman, Vice President and Director of the Medicare Policy Project for the Kaiser Family Foundation, testified on Monday, May 17, at a U.S. Senate Committee on Aging hearing on issues relating to retiree health coverage, “Access to Adequate Health Insurance: How Does the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Recent Rule…

Snapshots: How Changes in Medical Technology Affect Health Care Costs

Health expenditures continue to grow very rapidly in the U.S.  Since 1970, health care spending has grown at an average annual rate of 9.8%, or about 2.5 percentage points faster than the economy as measured by the nominal gross domestic product (GDP).  Annual spending on health care increased from $75…