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New Commonwealth Fund Survey: One-Quarter of Working-Age Adults Had a Gap in Health Care Coverage in 2011; Buying Coverage on Your Own Not an Affordable Option for Many

April 19, 2012 - One of four working-age U.S. adults experienced a gap in health insurance coverage during 2011, often because they lost or changed jobs, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report that also shows how difficult it is for people to regain health insurance on their own after losing employer-sponsored coverage.

U.S. Consumers Would Have Received Nearly $2 Billion in Health Insurance Rebates If Protections Under the Affordable Care Act Had Taken Effect in 2010

April 5, 2012 - Consumers nationwide would have received an estimated $2 billion in rebates from health insurers if the new medical loss ratio (MLR) rules enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act had been in effect in 2010, according to a new study from The Commonwealth Fund.

Nearly All States Have Taken Action on Affordable Care Act's Patients' Bill of Rights and Other Early Health Insurance Market Reforms

March 22, 2012 - As the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act approaches, a new Commonwealth Fund report finds that 49 states and the District of Columbia have already taken action supporting the law's implementation, such as passing legislation, issuing regulations or other guidance, or actively reviewing insurer filings.

First Ever Local Area Health System Scorecard Finds Significant Differences in Access, Costs, Quality, and Outcomes Within States and Among Nation's Biggest Cities

March 14, 2012 - In the first scorecard measuring how 306 local U.S. areas are doing on key health care indicators such as insurance coverage, preventive care, and mortality rates, researchers at The Commonwealth Fund found significant differences between the best- and worst-performing localities.

Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System Offers Recommendations to Strengthen Safety Net Hospitals Under Health Reform

March 8, 2012 - A new report released today by the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System offers a series of recommendations to help shore up safety net hospitals and make sure under health reform that they can continue to provide high-quality care to low-income, vulnerable patients.

New Study: Small Businesses Could Buy Health Insurance for Nearly 10 Million Workers Through the Affordable Care Act's Small Business Health Insurance Exchanges

February 8, 2012 - The Affordable Care Act’s state health insurance exchanges for small businesses are estimated to cover nearly 10 million employees, in addition to the 15.3 million individuals who will gain coverage through the individual exchanges when the law is fully implemented, according to an article in the February issue of Health Affairs.

New Commonwealth Fund Survey Finds Profound Income Divide in Health Insurance and Access to Health Care; Health Reform Could Nearly Eliminate Gaps When Fully Implemented in 2014

February 7, 2012 - Adults in low- and moderate-income families are more likely to be uninsured, to lack a regular source of health care, and to struggle to get the health care they need compared to those in higher-income families, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey.

Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis to Step Down at End of 2012

November 21, 2011 - Karen Davis, who since 1995 has led The Commonwealth Fund in its drive to improve the performance of the nation's health care system, announced her last day will be December 31, 2012.

New State-By-State Report: Employer Health Insurance Premiums Increased 50 Percent From 2003 to 2010; Employees' Share of Premiums Increased 63 Percent

November 17, 2011 - Premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance increased by 50 percent from 2003 to 2010, and the annual amount that employees pay toward their insurance increased by 63 percent as businesses required employees to contribute a greater share, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report that examines state trends in health insurance costs.

Health Care Experts Strongly Support Continued Implementation of Health Care Reform Law

November 14, 2011 - Nearly nine of 10 leaders in health and health care policy recently surveyed (89%) said it is important for federal and state policymakers to continue to move forward in implementing the Affordable Care Act. The latest and final Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey asked experts in the field about health spending and implementation of the health reform law.

New International Health Survey of Sicker Adults Finds Those With a Medical Home Fare Better

November 9, 2011 - Chronically and seriously ill adults who received care from a medical home—an accessible primary care practice that helps coordinate care—were less likely to report medical errors, test duplication, and other care coordination failures, according to a new Commonwealth Fund international survey of patients' experiences in the U.S. and 10 other high-income countries. Published as a Health Affairs "Web First" article, the study also found that patients connected with medical homes had better relationships with their doctors and rated their care more highly.

Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System's Third National Health Care Scorecard: U.S. Scores 64 out of 100 on key Performance Indicators

October 18, 2011 - The U.S. health care system scored 64 out of 100 on key measures of performance, according to the third national scorecard report from the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System.

Oct. 18 Briefing: Why Not the Best? Results from the National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, 2011

October 18, 2011 - During this October 18 release event, Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System chair David Blumenthal, M.D., and Commission and Commonwealth Fund board member Maureen Bisognano join the Fund's Karen Davis and Cathy Schoen to lay out the results of the new National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance.

Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System Releases Strategy for Improving Health Care for Uninsured, Low-Income, and Minorities in the U.S.

October 7, 2011 - A new set of strategies released today by the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System could dramatically improve how the U.S. health care system serves vulnerable populations—those in the U.S. who are uninsured, low-income, or members of racial and ethnic minority groups.

New Study: U.S. Ranks Last Among High-Income Nations on Preventable Deaths, Lagging Behind as Others Improve More Rapidly

September 23, 2011 - The United States placed last among 16 high-income, industrialized nations when it comes to deaths that could potentially have been prevented by timely access to effective health care, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study published in the November issue of Health Policy.