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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.