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Side-by-Side Comparison of Major Health Care Reform Proposals

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and a week later, signed into law the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, which made some changes to the comprehensive health reform law. Summary of Final Health Care Reform Law (.pdf)…

In Depth Analysis of Health Reform Issues

These reports provide in-depth analysis related to the health reform debate. Additional reports will be added as they become available. Medicaid Expansion in Health Reform: National and State Estimates of Coverage and Costs This analysis and public briefing examine the potential national and state-by-state impacts on Medicaid enrollment and spending…

Pulling it Together: The Health Care Industry’s Second Voluntary Effort

The announcement that health care industry groups plan to put on the table voluntarily a package of proposals to shave $2 trillion off the rate of increase in health spending over the next ten years immediately conjures up the image of the Voluntary Effort or VE launched with similar fanfare…

Health Care Reform Newsmaker Series: Sen. Orrin Hatch

This May 7, 2009 webcast features Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), senior member of the Senate Committee on Finance, and ranking Republican on the panel’s Subcommittee on Health Care. The briefing was part of the Health Care Reform Newsmaker series sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Families USA and the National…

Testimony Related to Health Reform

The Kaiser Family Foundation is frequently invited to provide expert testimony before Congress on key health care issues. Testimony At NAIC Exchanges Subgroup Public Hearing Kaiser Family Foundation Vice President Gary Claxton, who directs the Foundation’s Marketplace Policy Project, testified July 22, 2010, before the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’…

Explaining Health Care Reform: What is Health Insurance?

A key element in any comprehensive health reform plan is defining what health insurance is and the amount of insurance coverage people will have. There are two components to that coverage: the types of services covered (e.g., physician care, hospitalization, prescription drugs, etc.), and the cost sharing required of enrollees…

Issue Briefs and Testimony Related to Health Reform

Issue Briefs Related to Health Reform This collection of some of our most recent and relevant issue briefs go beyond the basics to provide concise discussions and analyses of key policy topics related to health reform. For a more complete collection of all the Foundation’s health reform resources, click here.…

Explaining Health Care Reform: What Is An Employer “Pay-or-Play” Requirement?

To broaden coverage, some health reform proposals would require employers to offer coverage or pay to help finance subsidies for those without access to affordable coverage. These types of reforms are often referred to as “pay-or-play” policies. The brief explains the concept and policy implications of employer pay-or-play proposals, which…

The Coverage and Cost Impacts of Expanding Medicaid

This paper quantifies the impacts on coverage and cost of expanding Medicaid to cover more of the low-income uninsured, including adults, at various income levels and with improved participation rates. The analysis models two primary options to expand Medicaid (250% FPL for children, 100% FPL for adults; 300% FPL for…

Community Care of North Carolina: Putting Health Reform Ideas into Practice in Medicaid

This policy brief examines the structure and experience of Community Care of North Carolina, an enhanced medical home model of care that North Carolina began implementing in 1998 as part of its Medicaid program.Evaluations of the initiative, which includes a heavy emphasis on care coordination, disease and care management and…