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Insured and Still at Risk: Number of Underinsured Adults Increased 80 Percent Between 2003 and 2010

September 8, 2011 - The number of underinsured adults—those with health insurance all year, but also with very high medical expenses relative to their incomes—rose by 80 percent between 2003-2010, from 16 million to 29 million, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study published in the September issue of Health Affairs.

First-Ever Scorecard of State Performance on Long-Term Services and Supports Finds Wide Variation in Care and Support for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

September 8, 2011 - A new report released jointly today by AARP’s Public Policy Institute, The Commonwealth Fund, and The SCAN Foundation shows some states significantly out-perform others in the delivery of long-term services and supports (LTSS) to older adults and people with disabilities.

New Report: Three Quarters of Those Who Have Lost Jobs and Health Insurance Are Skipping Needed Medicine and Health Care; Many Struggling with Medical Debt

August 24, 2011 - Nearly three-quarters of people who lost their health insurance when they lost their jobs over the last two years said that they skipped needed health care or did not fill prescriptions because of cost, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. The same proportion is also struggling with medical bills or medical debt, compared to about half who lost jobs but not their health insurance.

After Health Reform, Safety Net Providers Still Play Crucial Health System Role, Experts Say

August 8, 2011 - Nearly all leaders in health and health care policy recently surveyed (98%) believe traditional safety-net providers—including public hospitals, community health centers, and faith-based and mission-driven organizations—will continue to play crucial roles in the U.S. health system after the Affordable Care Act is implemented.

Physician Practices in the U.S. Spend Nearly $83,000 Annually Per Physician on Administrative Costs, Nearly Four Times as Much as Canadian Practices Spend

August 4, 2011 - Physician practices in the U.S. spend significant amounts of time and labor interacting with multiple health plans on claims and billing, obtaining prior authorization for patient services, and dealing with pharmaceutical formularies.

Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis Made Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London

July 19, 2011 - At a ceremony in London on July 13, Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis was made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London.

Maureen Bisognano Joins Commonwealth Fund Board

July 18, 2011 - Maureen Bisognano, president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and a leading authority on improving health care systems, has been elected to the Commonwealth Fund Board of Directors, effective immediately.

New Report: Medicaid Managed Care Plans Owned By Publicly Traded Companies Have Higher Administrative Costs; Those Reporting Quality Measures Also Have Lower Scores

June 14, 2011 - A new Commonwealth Fund report finds that Medicaid managed care plans that are owned by publicly traded for-profit companies whose primary line of business is managing Medicaid enrollees spent an average of 14 percent of premiums on administrative costs, compared with an average of only 10 percent spent by non-publicly traded plans owned by groups of health care providers, health systems, community health centers, or clinics.

David Blumenthal, M.D., to Chair Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System

June 6, 2011 - David Blumenthal, M.D., former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and a recognized health policy expert with extensive leadership experience in medicine, government, and academia, has been named Chairman of the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System.

New Report: Health Reform Essential to Young Adults—Nearly Half Can't Afford Needed Care, Forty Percent Struggling with Medical Debt

May 26, 2011 - Young adults ages 19-29 are struggling to get the health care they need more than almost any other age group, demonstrating the need for Affordable Care Act provisions, some already in place, that will expand health insurance and make it more affordable, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.

States Should Be Allowed to Implement Key Health Reform Law Provisions Early, Experts Say

May 23, 2011 - More than eight of 10 leaders in health and health care policy (82%) believe states should be allowed to implement key provisions of the Affordable Care Act early with full federal support, ahead of the timeline outlined in the law.

New Report on Health Reform Implementation Recommends Ways to Ensure Access to Affordable Insurance is Maintained Through Job and Income Changes

May 19, 2011 - Modifications to current policies could help ensure that health insurance coverage and subsidies provided under the Affordable Care Act remain stable even through major life changes, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report released today.

New Report: Health Reform Law Will Insure Nearly All Uninsured Woman by 2014, Make Health Care More Affordable for Millions of Women

May 11, 2011 - The new health reform law will expand health insurance coverage to nearly all uninsured women and will make health care more affordable for millions of women through premium subsidies beginning in 2014 and new rules, some already in place, that will protect women from high costs, according to a Commonwealth Fund report released today.

New Study: Health Reform to Make Health Insurance Affordable for Nearly All Families

April 26, 2011 - Ninety percent of American families living above the federal poverty level will be able to afford health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report by Jonathan Gruber and Ian Perry of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

New Report: Accountable Care Organizations Have Potential to Curb Costs and Improve Health Care

April 14, 2011 - If implemented successfully, accountable care organizations (ACOs) have the ability to achieve better care, better population health, and lower costs, according to a new report released today by the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System.