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.

New England Journal of Medicine: Risks of ACA Repeal without a Replacement

This commentary from President Barack Obama describes the risks of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without simultaneously replacing it with legislation that would maintain health insurance coverage for the millions of Americans who have obtained or been able to continue … Continue reading

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Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: Repealing Health Reform’s Medicaid Expansion Would Cause Millions to Lose Coverage, Harm State Budgets

This issue brief from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities describes the impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expansion of Medicaid, which would result in millions of Americans losing their health insurance coverage, and severe pressures on … Continue reading

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Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured: What Coverage and Financing is at Risk Under a Repeal of the ACA Medicaid Expansion

This issue brief from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured describes how a repeal of the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would impact both tens of billions of dollars in state government budgets and … Continue reading

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Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: Per Capita Caps or Block Grants Would Lead to Large Cuts in State Medicaid Programs

This issue brief from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities describes how changing the current Medicaid program to per capital caps would result in large, and over time, increasing cuts to state Medicaid programs, ultimately resulting in millions of … Continue reading

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Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured: Overview of Medicaid Per Capita Cap Proposals

This issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation provides an overview of proposals to change the current funding for Medicaid to a formula based on the per capita number of residents in each state, with overall caps. To achieve federal … Continue reading

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Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured: Medicaid Per Enrollee Spending

This 2015 issue brief from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured reports on the wide variation in per enrollee spending in the Medicaid program among all the states. Although the current Medicaid program establishes a federal minimum for … Continue reading

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Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: Medicaid Block Grant Would Slash Federal Funding, Shift Costs to States, and Leave Millions More Uninsured

This issue brief from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities describes how changing the current Medicaid program to block grants to states would shift costs to states, and ultimately result in millions of low-income and sick Americans becoming uninsured. … Continue reading

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Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured: Implications of a Federal Block Grant for Medicaid

This 2011 analysis from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured describes the implications of changing the Medicaid program into a block grant. A block grant would provide a fixed amount of federal support to the states for their … Continue reading

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Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured: Medicaid Financing – The Basics

This issue brief from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured describes how the Medicaid program is funded by both the federal government and state governments under complex funding formulas. The federal share of Medicaid, is based on the Federal … Continue reading

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Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured: Medicaid Pocket Primer

This updated fact sheet, or “pocket primer”, from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured describes the Medicaid program, the changes made to Medicaid by the Affordable Care Act, and the over 70 million Americans who rely on Medicaid for … Continue reading

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