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New Survey: 72 Percent of Americans Think Health Care System Needs Major Overhaul; Nearly All Want More Coordinated Care, Doctors Using Health IT

April 6, 2011 - Seven of 10 adults think the U.S. health care system needs to be fundamentally changed or completely rebuilt, according to a Commonwealth Fund survey released today. The concerns reflect widespread experiences with access barriers, poorly coordinated care and growing costs.

New Health Insurance Survey: 9 Million Adults Joined Ranks of Uninsured Due to Job Loss in 2010; Few Viable Health Insurance Options Exist for Unemployed

March 16, 2011 - An estimated nine million working-age adults—57 percent of people who had health insurance through a job that was lost—became uninsured in the last two years, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2010 Biennial Health Insurance Survey.

Affordable Care Act Sets Nation on Right Course for Health Reform, Experts Say

February 21, 2011 - More than nine of 10 leaders in health and health care policy believe the Affordable Care Act sets the right course for health reform, according to a new survey. And despite wide differences of opinion in Congress, and varied levels of support among the general public, nearly seven of 10 (68%) experts favor implementing the law with little or no change, according to the latest Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey, which asked respondents their views about priorities for the 112th Congress.

New State Scorecard on Children's Health Care Finds Wide Geographic Disparities

February 2, 2011 - Two years after the reauthorization and expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program, a new Commonwealth Fund state-by-state scorecard evaluating how the health care system is working for children finds that federal and state action on behalf of children has helped preserve, and even expand, health coverage for this group, despite the severe recession.

18.3 Million Baby Boomers Could Benefit From the Affordable Care Act

December 14, 2010 - 18.3 million men and women ages 50 to 64 stand to benefit from provisions in the Affordable Care Act that expand access to affordable health insurance, assure that all health insurance provides a standard comprehensive benefit, prevent insurers from denying coverage or charging higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions, and eliminate lifetime and annual limits in health insurance policies, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report released today.

New State-by-State Report: Employer Health Insurance Premiums Increased 41 Percent from 2003 to 2009; Deductibles Rose Nearly 80 Percent

December 2, 2010 - Premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance increased an average of 41 percent across states from 2003 to 2009, more than three times faster than median incomes, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.

Commission on a High Performance Health System Update

December 1, 2010 - Today the Commonwealth Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System welcomes three new members and a new executive director.

11-Country Survey: U.S. Adults Most Likely To Forgo Care Due To Cost, Have Trouble Paying Medical Bills; U.S. Stands Out For Highest Out-Of-Pocket Costs And Most Complex Health Insurance

November 18, 2010 - 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 industrialized nations to go without health care because of costs, have trouble paying medical bills, encounter high medical bills even when insured, and have disputes with their insurers or discover insurance wouldn’t pay as they expected.

Anthony Shih Rejoins Commonwealth Fund as Executive Vice President for Programs

November 11, 2010 - Anthony Shih, M.D., M.P.H., has been appointed executive vice president for programs of The Commonwealth Fund, effective January 12, 2011.

Eliminating or Reducing Cost-Sharing For High-Value Prescription Drugs Improves Medication Use Among Patients With Chronic Illness

November 2, 2010 - An initiative by the U. S. technology company Pitney Bowes to make medications of proven value less expensive for their employees succeeded in stabilizing employees' adherence to their treatment regimens, according to a Commonwealth Fund-supported study published in this month's Health Affairs.

New Method Needed for Setting Health Care Payment Rates, Experts Say

October 25, 2010 - Experts surveyed in the latest Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey support moving away from the current method of negotiating health care payments—a complex system in which public and private health insurers each engage independently with multiple health care providers to negotiate or set payment rates with hospitals and physicians.

New Patient Safety and Hospital Quality Data for 9 States Now Available at

October 12, 2010 - Comparative data on patient safety and hospital quality are available online for the first time, through, The Commonwealth Fund's resource for reporting and comparing health care quality data.

NEW REPORT: How Will The Affordable Care Act Affect 15 Million Uninsured Young Adults?

October 8, 2010 - According to this Commonwealth Fund report, by 2014, when most of the Affordable Care Act's provisions will have taken effect, up to 7.2 million uninsured young adults will gain coverage through Medicaid expansions and up to 4.9 million will gain subsidized private coverage through new insurance exchanges.

Despite Highest Health Spending, Americans' Life Expectancy Continues To Fall Behind Other Countries'

October 7, 2010 - The United States continues to lag behind other nations when it comes to gains in life expectancy, and commonly cited causes for our poor performance—obesity, smoking, traffic fatalities, and homicide—are not to blame, according to a Commonwealth Fund-supported study published today as a Health Affairs Web First.

New Health Insurance Exchanges Should Be Independent, Should Aim for a Level Playing Field for Plans Within and Outside the Exchange, and Should Reduce Administrative Costs of Insurance

September 30, 2010 - A new report from The Commonwealth Fund provides recommendations for state and federal policymakers as they design and implement the new health insurance exchanges which are a key element of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.