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Pulling it Together: What Conservatives Are Winning

Conservatives are out of sorts these days about the direction in which health care is headed. They think the new health reform law expands the role of government too much and spends too much at a time when they believe deficit reduction should be a higher priority. The claims about…

Health Reform Implementation: When Sausage-Making Moves Downtown

Panelists at this briefing examine what’s happening behind the scenes to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. An overview of federal policymaking and the efforts by stakeholders and others to affect final policies pertaining to the health reform law is provided. The session will look into key tools…

Explaining Health Reform: Questions About the Temporary High-Risk Pool

The health reform law creates a temporary national high-risk pool to provide health coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions who have been uninsured for six months. It is a temporary measure designed to bridge the gap until the implementation of other coverage provisions in the law that will take…

Liking the Pieces, Not the Package: Contradictions in Public Opinion During Health Reform

Public opinion played a prominent role during the recent health care reform debate. In a published Health Affairs article, Kaiser researchers examine past and present polling and show that opinion tracked with historic patterns and was relatively stable, even if the contentious public debate suggested a volatile public mood in…

KFF June Tracking Poll Finds Health Care in the November 2010 Mix

The start of summer finds Americans remain divided on the health reform law, but favorable views of the new law increased seven percentage points over the past month to 48 percent, compared to 41 percent who have “generally unfavorable” views and 10 percent who have yet to make up their…

Wisconsin’s BadgerCare Plus Program: Moving Forward on Health Reform Amid a Recession

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of Wisconsin’s BadgerCare Plus Program, a three-year-old initiative that merged the state’s three distinct Medicaid programs for children, parents and pregnant women into a single comprehensive health coverage program. It also expanded eligibility to provide near-universal coverage for children and greater coverage for…

Health Affairs Issue Focuses on Health Reform

The June 2010 issue of the journal Health Affairs is dedicated to health reform, and “begins to tackle the hundreds of implementation issues inherent in health reform and offers prescriptions for averting trouble,” according to Editor-in-Chief Susan Dentzer. The issue features an article by Kaiser researchers examining past and present…