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A Commonwealth Fund report published earlier today analyzes the similarities, differences, potential impacts, and costs of the three comprehensive health reform bills passed by key U.S. congressional committees. As explained in the report and an online slide presentation narrated by Karen Davis, Fund president and report coauthor, the Senate and House bills all include provisions that seek to expand and improve health care coverage by building on the strongest aspects of our current private–public insurance system and reorganizing and regulating the individual and small-group insurance markets.
In addition to the report and slide presentation, you can also view interactive tables that provide side-by-side comparisons of the system reform and insurance coverage provisions in the three bills. As health reform legislation evolves, be sure to visit www.commonwealthfund.org for updates to the report and companion resources. Read more »
How much does it cost a physician practice to become a medical home and add new medical home features? A new Commonwealth Fund report finds less than a $1-per-patient difference in costs per month between physician practices with a high level of medical home attributes—such as evening office hours, electronic health record systems, and care management services—and those with lower levels. Read more »
In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce on October 15, 2009, Commonwealth Fund vice president Sara R. Collins discussed the growing number of Americans with such high out-of-pocket costs relative to their income that they can be considered "underinsured." Read more »
In the Media
Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis was interviewed recently by Richard D. Heffner for his TV show, "The Open Mind." Watch a video of the interview, which focuses on health reform, on the Fund Web site, or check local listings to watch on public television. View Part 1. View Part 2.
In an Online NewsHour's "Insider Forum," Fund president Karen Davis and T.R. Reid, author of The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care, answered questions from the public about what the U.S. can learn from other countries’ health care systems. Read more »