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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.