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Update: State Decisions on the Health Insurance Policy Cancellations Fix

January 08, 2014 - This updated blog post from Georgetown University researchers looks at which states are adopting the policy fix to renew canceled health plans, and what is factoring into those decisions.

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Reflecting on Health Reform: Holiday Reading and the Affordable Care Act

January 06, 2014 - David Blumenthal observes that like the Affordable Care Act rollout, other historic undertakings, including the Allied landing in Europe in June 1944, were rife with complications and errors.

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Reflecting on Health Reform: ACA Dates that Matter

December 23, 2013 - Confusion about Affordable Care Act (ACA) deadlines is rampant, says Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, M.D., in a new blog post. That’s because there are lots of them—and they keep changing.

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Enrollment Climbs in the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Options

December 20, 2013 - In an update, Sara Collins, Ph.D., and Tracy Garber report that enrollment has climbed to more than a million people nationwide, about five times the last estimate reported on November 21.

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New Opportunities to Increase Legal Immigrants' Health Insurance Coverage

December 13, 2013 - As many as 6 million "lawfully present" immigrants—including those who have been residents for less than five years and thus are ineligible for Medicaid in most states—could potentially be helped through the Affordable Care Act.

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Reflecting on Health Reform: A Balanced View of the Affordable Care Act

December 04, 2013 - A full, fair reckoning of the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will take years, says Commonwealth Fund president David Blumenthal, M.D., in his latest "Reflecting on Health Reform" blog post. Yet "the rush to reckoning seems irresistible," he says.

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Health Care Payment Innovation Widespread in California

December 03, 2013 - Health care purchasers in the Golden State lead the nation in adoption of innovative methods to pay doctors and hospitals for the care they deliver. In a new blog post, Andréa Caballero, program director at Catalyst for Payment Reform, details the findings from their California Scorecard on Payment Reform.

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Emerging Consensus on Medicare Physician Payment Reform: A Golden Opportunity

November 25, 2013 - Last month, the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee released a discussion draft of a bill to reform the way health care providers are paid by Medicare. The Commonwealth Fund's Stuart Guterman says that this document is just the latest indicator that agreement is within reach on this crucial issue.

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Enrollment in the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Options: An Update

November 21, 2013 - Despite the difficult rollout of, new data from states that are operating their own marketplaces show that Americans are slowly but surely enrolling in the new insurance coverage options now available under the Affordable Care Act.

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Reflecting on Health Reform—The Presidential Health Care Curse: Why Do They Bother?

November 19, 2013 - In David Blumenthal's latest post in his "Reflecting on Health Reform" series, he looks at why President Obama took up the painful technical and political process of comprehensive health reform.

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Pros and Cons of the President's Policy Fix for Health Plan Cancellations

November 18, 2013 - Sara Collins, Ph.D, explains that while the president's new policy allowing many Americans whose insurance companies have cancelled their health coverage this year to remain in their plans is not without risk, there are a number of mitigating factors to help ensure its success.

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Reflecting on Health Reform: A Tale of Two IT Procurements

November 12, 2013 - In the third blog post in David Blumenthal's "Reflecting on Health Reform" series, he offers insight into's woes.

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Reflecting on Health Reform—The Marketplace Experience: Month One

November 04, 2013 - A new "Reflecting on Health Reform" highlights national Commonwealth Fund data showing that awareness of the marketplaces is up, and that a majority of those eligible for coverage say they’ll visit the marketplaces or return to buy coverage by the end of the enrollment period.

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Helping Consumers Understand their Coverage Options, from Coast to Coast

November 01, 2013 - Georgetown University Health Policy Institute researchers look at how limited funding for education and enrollment help for federally facilitated marketplaces may be reducing outreach in those states.

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Under Pressure: An Update on Restrictive State Insurance Marketplace Consumer Assistance Laws

October 31, 2013 - Seventeen states have passed laws making it harder for health insurance marketplace “navigators,” and others who conduct outreach and assist with enrollment, to do their jobs. As a result, consumers who need help finding a health plan have few options.

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