August 26, 2008 - Today, the Census Bureau released the latest data on the number of Americans without health insurance. The number of uninsured individuals fell to 45.7 million in 2007 from 47.0 million in 2006.
August 18, 2008 - The proportion of working-age Americans who have medical bill problems or who are paying off medical debt climbed from 34 percent to 41 percent between 2005 and 2007, bringing the total to 72 million, according to recent survey findings from The Commonwealth Fund.
August 7, 2008 - Americans are dissatisfied with the U.S. health care system and 82 percent think it should be fundamentally changed or completely rebuilt, according to a new survey released today by The Commonwealth Fund.
July 31, 2008 - Glenn Hackbarth, J.D., M.A., chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and an independent consultant, has been elected to the Commonwealth Fund Board of Directors.
July 21, 2008 - Adequate financing for long-term care, improving the quality of long term care services, and developing an adequate, skilled workforce are some of the urgent challenges facing long-term care in the future, say four of five respondents to the latest Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey.
July 17, 2008 - A new national scorecard from The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System finds that the U.S. health care system has failed to improve overall and that scores on access have declined significantly since the first national scorecard in 2006.
July 10, 2008 - A spotlight on the growing problem of the underinsured--those who have insurance but are still at risk for substantial out-of-pocket expenses. A recent study by Commonwealth Fund researchers found that the number of underinsured adults rose by 60 percent between 2003 and 2007, from 16 million to more than 25 million, with the rate nearly tripling for those with moderate or higher incomes.
July 3, 2008 - A new series of health-related webcasts for journalists debuts next week with a spotlight on the growing problem of the underinsured – those who have insurance but are still at risk for substantial out-of-pocket expenses.
June 10, 2008 - The number of underinsured adults--those with health insurance all year, but also very high medical expenses relative to their incomes--rose by 60 percent between 2003 and 2007, from 16 million to more than 25 million, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study.
May 30, 2008 - According to a newly updated report from The Commonwealth Fund, 38 percent of high school graduates who do not attend college and 34 percent of college graduates will spend some time uninsured in the year after graduation.
May 28, 2008 - States vary widely in the quality of health care children receive, as well as children's access to care, family insurance premiums, equity, and the potential to lead long healthy, productive lives, according to a new scorecard issued by The Commonwealth Fund.
May 13, 2008 - In an article in today's Health Affairs and an accompanying issue brief, Commonwealth Fund researchers lay out a plan that would insure 44 million of the estimated 48 million uninsured Americans in 2008.
May 2, 2008 - Health insurance coverage and unpaid health care for full-time workers and their family members without employer coverage costs the U.S. public $45 billion a year, according to a report from The Commonwealth Fund released today.
April 21, 2008 - In order to achieve significant gains in quality and efficiency, the health care delivery system--the way providers are organized and care is delivered--will need fundamental and systemic changes, say health care and health policy leaders.
April 11, 2008 - In the face of sobering reports of highly variable health care delivery across the nation, as reported in The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System's State Scorecard, nine states have been selected to participate in the State Quality Improvement Institute, an intensive, competitively-selected effort to help states plan and implement concrete action plans to improve performance across targeted quality indicators.