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First-Ever Scorecard Evaluates How Well States' Health Care Systems Are Working for Low-Income Americans, Finds Wide Disparities in Access to Care and Health Care Quality

September 18, 2013 - Access to affordable health care and quality of care vary greatly for low-income people based on where they live, according to a new Commonwealth Fund scorecard.

The Commonwealth Fund Announces a New Agenda to Promote a High Performing Health Care System in a Post-Health Reform Environment

September 12, 2013 - The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation working toward a high performance health system, will hone its focus to address emerging issues in the post-health reform landscape.

New Report: As Many as Two of Five Uninsured Adults Living in States That Do Not Expand Medicaid Under the Affordable Care Act Would Have No New Health Insurance Options in 2014

September 5, 2013 - Two of five adults who have recently been uninsured living in states that have not yet decided to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act would likely have no new affordable health insurance options if their states don’t eventually expand the program, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.

New Survey of Young Adults: 7.8 Million Gained New or Better Coverage Through Affordable Care Act, But Only 27 Percent Are Aware of Health Insurance Marketplaces; Millions Will Remain Uninsured If States Don’t Expand Medicaid

August 20, 2013 - The report, Covering Young Adults Under the Affordable Care Act: The Importance of Outreach and Medicaid Expansion, dispels the notion that young adults don’t think they need health insurance. The survey of adults ages 19 to 29 found that when offered health insurance benefits through an employer, two-thirds (67%) took the coverage.

Sheila Burke and Simon Stevens to Join Commonwealth Fund

July 26, 2013 - Sheila P. Burke, R.N., M.P.A., FAAN, a faculty member and former executive dean at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Simon Stevens, executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, have been elected to the Commonwealth Fund Board of Directors. Both will join the Board in November 2013.

New Report: Many State Health Insurance Marketplace Will Exceed Requirements for Quality Reporting and Choice for Small-Business Employees

July 10, 2013 - Many state-run health insurance marketplaces are poised, by 2014, to exceed federal quality-reporting requirements, offer small-business employees a choice of health plans that won’t be available in states with federally run marketplaces until 2015, and promote a seamless "one-stop shop" for consumers to enroll in coverage, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.

Proposed "Medicare Essential" Plan Estimated to Save $180 Billion Over 10 Years While Simplifying Benefits and Lowering Premiums and Out-of-Pocket Costs 17% to 40%

May 6, 2013 - Combining Medicare's hospital, physician, and prescription drug coverage with commonly purchased private supplemental coverage into one health plan could produce national savings of $180 billion over a decade while improving care for beneficiaries, according to a new study by researchers at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Commonwealth Fund published today in the May edition of Health Affairs.

New Health Insurance Survey: 84 Million People Were Uninsured for a Time or Underinsured in in 2012; Nearly Decade-Long Trend of Rising Uninsured Rates Among Young Adults Reversed

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 had out-of-pocket costs that were so high relative to their income they were considered underinsured, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2012 Biennial Health Insurance Survey.

April Health Affairs: What Can the U.S. Learn from Insurance Exchanges and Health Care Payment Innovations Abroad

April 8, 2013 - Countries around the world have realized some success in achieving the “Triple Aim” of health care: better health and better health care at lower cost. A new series of Commonwealth Fund–supported articles in the April issue of Health Affairs describes the lessons these successes hold for the U.S. health care system.

New Report: Insurers on Average Spent Less Than 1 Percent of Premium Dollars on Health Care Quality Improvement Activities in 2011

March 22, 2013 - Health insurance companies reported spending an average of less than 1 percent of the premiums they collected from policyholders in 2011 on activities directly supporting improvement of health care quality, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study.

New Report: 24 States and District of Columbia Have Selected Their Benchmark Health Insurance Plan for "Essential Health Benefit" Required by Affordable Care Act

March 13, 2013 - Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia have selected the health insurance plan in their state that will serve as the "essential health benefit" package sold by all insurers participating in the new health insurance marketplace and the individual and small-group markets beginning January 2014, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study.

Only 11 States and the District of Columbia Have Taken Action to Implement the Affordable Care Act's 2014 Health Insurance Market Reforms

February 1, 2013 - Only 11 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws or issued regulations to implement the Affordable Care Act’s major health insurance market reforms that go into effect in 2014, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.

Commission of Leading Health Care Experts Offers New Strategy to Slow Spending Growth by $2 Trillion Over 10 Years While Improving Health System Performance

January 10, 2013 - A synergistic set of policies that would accelerate health care delivery system innovation could slow health spending growth by $2 trillion from 2014 to 2023, according to an analysis released today by the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System.

New State-by-State Report: Employer Health Insurance Premiums Increased 62 Percent from 2003 to 2011; Employees' Share of Health Insurance Costs Rose 74 Percent, Deductibles More Than Doubled

December 12, 2012 - Average premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance plans rose 62 percent between 2003 and 2011, from $9,249 to $15,022 per year, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.

New State-by-State Report: Consumers Saw Nearly $1.5 Billion Financial Benefit from the Affordable Care Act's Medical Loss Ratio Requirement in 2011; Those with Individual Health Insurance Policies Had Greatest Gains

December 5, 2012 - Consumers saw nearly $1.5 billion in insurer rebates and overhead cost savings in 2011, due to the Affordable Care Act’s medical loss ratio provision requiring health insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on health care or quality improvement activities or pay a rebate to their customers, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.