December 5, 2013 - The 20 states choosing not to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act are forgoing billions of dollars in federal funds, while residents in their states are contributing to the cost of the expansions in other states, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study.
November 15, 2013 - Donald Moulds will join The Commonwealth Fund as its new Executive Vice President for Programs effective January, 2014. Since June 2012, Moulds has served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
November 13, 2013 - 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 high-income industrialized nations to go without health care because of costs, have difficulty paying medical bills, and encounter time-consuming health insurance paperwork or disputes, including claims that were unexpectedly not paid.
November 4, 2013 - Seventeen percent of Americans who are potentially eligible for coverage have visited new health insurance marketplaces to buy coverage, via mail, Internet, phone, or in person, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey, conducted between October 9 and 27, tracking people’s experiences with the marketplaces since the October 1 launch.
October 16, 2013 - A majority (56%) of small -business owners who currently provide their employees with health benefits are interested in being able to offer a choice of health plans while paying a fixed cost, with the employee paying extra for choosing a more expensive plan, according to a new NORC study supported by The Commonwealth Fund and published today as a Health Affairs Web First.
September 30, 2013 - As the key components of the Affordable Care Act roll out this week, more than three-quarters of U.S. adults are aware of the law's individual mandate, while only four of 10 are aware of the new health insurance marketplaces opening on October 1, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey.
September 18, 2013 - Access to affordable health care and quality of care vary greatly for low-income people based on where they live, according to a new Commonwealth Fund scorecard.
September 12, 2013 - The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation working toward a high performance health system, will hone its focus to address emerging issues in the post-health reform landscape.
September 5, 2013 - Two of five adults who have recently been uninsured living in states that have not yet decided to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act would likely have no new affordable health insurance options if their states don’t eventually expand the program, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.
August 20, 2013 - The report, Covering Young Adults Under the Affordable Care Act: The Importance of Outreach and Medicaid Expansion, dispels the notion that young adults don’t think they need health insurance. The survey of adults ages 19 to 29 found that when offered health insurance benefits through an employer, two-thirds (67%) took the coverage.
July 26, 2013 - Sheila P. Burke, R.N., M.P.A., FAAN, a faculty member and former executive dean at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Simon Stevens, executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, have been elected to the Commonwealth Fund Board of Directors. Both will join the Board in November 2013.
July 10, 2013 - Many state-run health insurance marketplaces are poised, by 2014, to exceed federal quality-reporting requirements, offer small-business employees a choice of health plans that won’t be available in states with federally run marketplaces until 2015, and promote a seamless "one-stop shop" for consumers to enroll in coverage, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.
May 6, 2013 - Combining Medicare's hospital, physician, and prescription drug coverage with commonly purchased private supplemental coverage into one health plan could produce national savings of $180 billion over a decade while improving care for beneficiaries, according to a new study by researchers at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Commonwealth Fund published today in the May edition of Health Affairs.
April 26, 2013 - Eighty-four million people―nearly half of all working-age U.S. adults―went without health insurance for a time last year or had out-of-pocket costs that were so high relative to their income they were considered underinsured, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2012 Biennial Health Insurance Survey.
April 8, 2013 - Countries around the world have realized some success in achieving the “Triple Aim” of health care: better health and better health care at lower cost. A new series of Commonwealth Fund–supported articles in the April issue of Health Affairs describes the lessons these successes hold for the U.S. health care system.