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New State-by-State Analysis: 32 Million Were Underinsured in 2012, Including 4 Million Middle-Income People; Nearly 80 Million in Total Lacked Health Insurance or Were Underinsured, Ranging from 14 Percent in Massachusetts to 38 Percent in New Mexico and Texas

March 25, 2014 - Thirty-two million people under age 65 were underinsured in the U.S. in 2012, meaning they had health coverage but it provided inadequate protection against high health care costs relative to their income, a new Commonwealth Fund report finds.

Commonwealth Fund EVP and COO John Craig to Retire at the End of 2014

March 17, 2014 - John E. Craig, Jr., The Commonwealth Fund's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has announced he will retire at the end of 2014, after 33 years at the Fund.

17 States and Washington, D.C., Implementing 'SHOP' Health Insurance Marketplaces for Small Businesses; Most Offer Employees Competitive Choice of Plans and Insurers

March 14, 2014 - Seventeen states and the District of Columbia are running their own Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplaces, where small firms can buy health insurance for their employees, while the federal government is operating SHOP marketplaces in the remaining 33 states, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study.

Health Status of People Buying Insurance Through Affordable Care Act's Marketplaces More Important to Premium Costs Than Age, Says Expert Group

February 12, 2014 - Young adult participation may not be as critical to the success of the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces as widely believed, according to a new Commonwealth Fund brief detailing the perspectives of a group of prominent actuaries, insurers selling plans in the marketplaces, health policy researchers, and federal officials.

New Commonwealth Fund State-by-State Analysis: Most States Taking Action to Implement Affordable Care Act's Insurance Reforms; Approaches Vary Widely

January 31, 2014 - States have taken substantially varying actions to implement and enforce the Affordable Care Act’s three major components designed to expand health insurance coverage and protect consumers—health insurance market reforms, health insurance marketplaces, and Medicaid expansion—according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.

New Commonwealth Fund Survey: About One-Quarter Of Americans Potentially Eligible for Health Coverage Visited Insurance Marketplaces by December, Up From 17 Percent In October

January 9, 2014 - Twenty-four percent of Americans who are potentially eligible for health insurance coverage had visited one of the new insurance marketplaces by the end of December to find a health plan, whether by mail, Internet, phone, or in person, a new Commonwealth Fund survey finds.

Kathryn Haslanger Elected to Commonwealth Fund Board of Directors

January 7, 2014 - Kathryn D. Haslanger, chief executive officer of JASA (Jewish Association Serving the Aging), has been elected to the Commonwealth Fund Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Despite Slowdown in Health Care Cost Growth, Widely Accepted Cost Controls Must Be Implemented

December 25, 2013 - Regardless of the cause of the recent slowdown in U.S. health care cost growth, the U.S. needs to continue to control health spending, according to a new study by David Blumenthal, M.D., and Kristof Stremikis of The Commonwealth Fund and David Cutler, Ph.D., of Harvard University.

First Analysis of Insurer Rate Increases Above 10% in New Health Plans Finds Most Driven by Medical Costs; Affordable Care Act Not a Major Factor in 2013

December 19, 2013 - Rising medical costs were the primary driver of recent rate increases by health insurers, accounting for three-quarters or more of the larger premium hikes requested between July 2012 and June 2013, a new Commonwealth Fund study finds.

New State-by-State Analysis: States Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act Are Costing Their Taxpayers Billions

December 5, 2013 - The 20 states choosing not to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act are forgoing billions of dollars in federal funds, while residents in their states are contributing to the cost of the expansions in other states, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study.

Donald Moulds to Join Commonwealth Fund as Executive Vice President for Programs

November 15, 2013 - Donald Moulds will join The Commonwealth Fund as its new Executive Vice President for Programs effective January, 2014. Since June 2012, Moulds has served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

New 11-Country Health Care Survey: U.S. Adults Spend Most; Forgo Care Due to Costs, Struggle to Pay Medical Bills, and Contend with Insurance Complexity at Highest Rates

November 13, 2013 - A new 11-country survey from The Commonwealth Fund finds that adults in the United States are far more likely than those in 10 other high-income industrialized nations to go without health care because of costs, have difficulty paying medical bills, and encounter time-consuming health insurance paperwork or disputes, including claims that were unexpectedly not paid.

New Commonwealth Fund Survey: Seventeen Percent of Americans Who Are Potentially Eligible for Coverage Have Visited Health Insurance Marketplaces; Sixty Percent Are Aware of Them

November 4, 2013 - Seventeen percent of Americans who are potentially eligible for coverage have visited new health insurance marketplaces to buy coverage, via mail, Internet, phone, or in person, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey, conducted between October 9 and 27, tracking people’s experiences with the marketplaces since the October 1 launch.

New Survey: Small-Business Owners Give High Ratings to Features of New ‘SHOP’ Marketplaces, Value Choice of Plans for Their Employees, Have Benefitted from Affordable Care Act

October 16, 2013 - A majority (56%) of small -business owners who currently provide their employees with health benefits are interested in being able to offer a choice of health plans while paying a fixed cost, with the employee paying extra for choosing a more expensive plan, according to a new NORC study supported by The Commonwealth Fund and published today as a Health Affairs Web First.

New Survey As Health Insurance Marketplaces Launch: 3 of 4 People Are Aware of Individual Mandate but Only 4 of 10 Know About Marketplaces and Premium Subsidies

September 30, 2013 - As the key components of the Affordable Care Act roll out this week, more than three-quarters of U.S. adults are aware of the law's individual mandate, while only four of 10 are aware of the new health insurance marketplaces opening on October 1, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey.