November 13, 2013 - A 2013 survey conducted in 11 countries finds that U.S. adults are significantly more likely than their counterparts to forgo health care because of the cost, to have difficulty paying for care even when they have insurance, and to deal with time-consuming insurance issues. For more information see: Access, Affordability, and Insurance Complexity Are Often Worse in the United States Compared to 10 Other Countries.
November 4, 2013 - Conducted October 9–27, 2013, the Commonwealth Fund Affordable Care Act Tracking Survey interviewed a nationally representative sample of adults who are potentially eligible for the health reform law’s new insurance coverage options, whether private plans or expanded Medicaid. For more information see Americans' Experiences in the Health Insurance Marketplaces: Results from the First Month
September 16, 2013 - The Commonwealth Fund's Scorecard on State Health System Performance for Low-Income Populations, 2013, identifies opportunities for states to improve their health systems for economically disadvantaged populations and provides state benchmarks of achievement. For more information see Scorecard on State Health System Performance for Low-Income Populations, 2013.
September 16, 2013 -
The Affordable Care Act will significantly reduce the number of U.S. residents without health insurance and ensure appropriate access to health services, but the law specifically excludes one group from all its provisions: the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in this country. Research nationally—and new data from California—show that undocumented residents are most often young, working adults who are in good health but infrequently use health services. For more information see Undocumented and Uninsured: Barriers to Affordable Care for Immigrant Populations.
September 16, 2013 -
For more information, please see In States' Hands: How the Decision to Expand Medicaid Will Affect the Most Financially Vulnerable Americans.
July 22, 2013 -
April 26, 2013 - Eighty-four million people―nearly half of all working-age U.S. adults―went without health insurance for a time last year or were underinsured because of high out-of-pocket costs relative to income, according to a new study based on findings from the Commonwealth Fund's 2012 Biennial Health Insurance Survey. For more information, see the report, Insuring the Future: Current Trends in Health Coverage and the Effects of Implementing the Affordable Care Act.
April 15, 2013 - For more information please see Insurers Medical Loss Ratios and Quality Improvement Spending in 2011
March 18, 2013 - This issue brief examines state action to select an essential health benefits benchmark plan and finds that 24 states and the District of Columbia selected a plan. All but five states will have a small-group plan as their benchmark.
For more information, see the issue brief, Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Choosing an Essential Health Benefits Benchmark Plan.
January 10, 2013 - The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System recommends a set of synergistic provider payment reforms, consumer incentives, and systemwide reforms to confront costs while improving health system performance. This approach could slow spending by a cumulative $2 trillion by 2023.
For more information, see the report, Confronting Costs: Stabilizing U.S. Health Spending While Moving Toward a High Performance Health Care System.
December 12, 2012 - Average premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance plans rose 62 percent between 2003 and 2011, rising far faster than incomes did in all states, according to a new Commonwealth Fund analysis that tracks trends in job-based coverage state by state.
For more information, see the issue brief, "State Trends in Premiums and Deductibles, 2003–2011: Eroding Protection and Rising Costs Underscore Need for Action."
November 27, 2012 - For more information on patient-centered medical homes, see the Patient-Centered Care topic page and WhyNotTheBest.org.
November 16, 2012 - More than two-thirds of U.S. primary care physicians were using electronic medical records in 2012, a substantial increase from 2009, when less than half had adopted the technology, a new Commonwealth Fund survey finds. But results also depict the U.S. as an outlier when it comes to affordability of health care.
For more information, see the In the Literature, "A Survey of Primary Care Doctors in Ten Countries Shows Progress in Use of Health Information Technology, Less in Other Areas."
November 5, 2012 - A new Commonwealth Fund study highlights a nearly decade-long trend of declining health insurance coverage and rising costs for workers in small businesses, particularly employees making less than $15 an hour.
For more information, see the issue brief, Jobs Without Benefits: The Health Insurance Crisis Faced by Small Businesses and Their Workers.
October 9, 2012 - With President Obama and Governor Romney offering fundamentally different visions for the nation's health system, the presidential election provides a stark choice for U.S. voters. This analysis contrasts the potential impact of implementing the Affordable Care Act in full with Romney’s proposals to repeal the law, eliminate many of the new requirements for insurance markets, and make changes in Medicaid and Medicare.
For more information, see the report, "Health Care in the 2012 Presidential Election: How the Obama and Romney Plans Stack Up."