Category Archives: Health Care Reform

Opportunities to Advance Patient-Centeredness and Equity

With the historic enactment of national health care reform in March 2010, it can be a little overwhelming to understand all the details and implications of this huge structural shift in national health care policy.

As I continue to refine my own knowledge and understanding of the national health care reform law, I will share my analyses and presentations here. I will be highlighting what I call the “patient-centeredness” and “equity” elements of the legislation, two of the components of health care quality identified by the Institute of Medicine.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Affordable Care Act Has Saved American Consumers $9 Billion Under Medical Loss Ratio Rule

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has reported that American consumers have saved a total of $9 billion on their health insurance premiums since 2011 because of the Affordable Care Act. Created through the law, the 80/20 … Continue reading

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Kaiser Family Foundation: Non-Group Health Insurance Enrollees

This data brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation reports results from a national survey of individuals who have purchased their own health insurance (through “non-group” markets), including the Federally-Facilited Health Insurance Marketplace and state-based health insurance marketplaces established through the … Continue reading

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Commonwealth Fund Issue Brief: Percentage of Uninsured Falls to 15%

An issue brief from The Commonwealth Fund reports that the percentage of uninsured Americans has fallen from 20% to 15%, with 9.5 million adult Americans obtaining health insurance coverage in the past nine months since the first open enrollment period … Continue reading

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Gallup: Percentage of Uninsured in U.S. Now at 13.4%

In June 2014, Gallup published results of its latest national poll confirming the percentage of uninsured individuals in the U.S. at 13.4%. This percentage reflects a continued decline from a high of 18% uninsured in the third quarter of 2013 … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Additional $730 Million Available for State Innovation Models

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the availability of an additional $730 million for states to design and implement State Innovation Models. These awards provide significant flexibility to … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Health Care Innovation Awards Round Two

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced the first batch of the second round of Health Care Innovation Awards, totaling up to $110 million. Unlike the first round with an … Continue reading

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University of California Los Angeles and University of California Berkeley: A Little Investment Goes A Long Way – Modest Cost to Expand Preventive and Routine Health Services to All Low-Income Californians

This analysis from the University of California Los Angeles Center for Health Policy Research and University of California Berkeley Labor Center estimates a relatively modest cost to the state of California to provide state-funded Medicaid (MediCal) to low-income California residents … Continue reading

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California HealthCare Foundation: In Their Own Words – Consumers’ and Enrollment Counselors’ Experience with Covered California

This report from the California HealthCare Foundation summarizes some of the experiences of consumers and enrollment counselors with enrollment for health insurance coverage through Covered California, the state-based health insurance marketplace established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. … Continue reading

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Mathematica Policy Research: Reducing Health Care Disparities – Where Are We Now?

This issue brief from Mathematica Policy Research examines current progress on reducing health care disparities, based on a literature search and key informant interviews with eight national researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders. The issue brief was funded by the Robert Wood … Continue reading

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Blue Shield of California Foundation: Health Care in California – Leveling the Playing Field

This report summarizes research commissioned by the Blue Shield of California Foundation on the experiences and attitudes of low-income patients in California. Among the report’s findings: + Only 49 percent of low-income Californians rate the quality of their care positively … Continue reading

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