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Reflecting on Health Reform: Buckeye Bellwether?

October 30, 2013 - Last week, Ohio became the 26th state to choose to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. Commonwealth Fund president David Blumenthal says not only is that good news for 275,000 low-income Buckeyes, but Ohio's action suggests that we may be reaching a tipping point.

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Reflecting on Health Reform: Two Weeks in October

October 21, 2013 - In the first blog post in a new series called "Reflecting on Health Reform," Commonwealth Fund president David Blumenthal, M.D., looks back at the past two tumultuous weeks of the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion provisions.

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The Affordable Care Act: Keeping Our Eyes on the Ball

October 16, 2013 - In a new blog post, Commonwealth Fund president David Blumenthal, M.D., and vice president Sara Collins, Ph.D., identify four questions whose answers will help us measure the Affordable Care Act's success over the next year.

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Apply Now to the Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship Program in Minority Health Policy

October 08, 2013 - Pamela Riley discusses the The Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship Program in Minority Health Policy, through which The Commonwealth Fund supports training for physician leaders who are dedicated to creating high-performance health systems for vulnerable populations.

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Marketplace IT Glitches: The Sky Is Not Falling

October 01, 2013 - Georgetown University Health Policy Institute researchers explain that making the health insurance marketplaces a seamless one-stop shop for obtaining coverage depends largely on new IT systems. Getting these systems right—under very tight deadlines—is an enormous task.

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Finding Consensus on Policies to Slow Health Spending Growth

September 26, 2013 - The Commonwealth Fund's Stu Guterman and Rachel Nuzum examine reports from seven organizations with comprehensive approaches to controlling health spending.

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Should "Value" Be the New Mantra in Health Care?

September 20, 2013 - In a guest post on the Harvard Business Review blog, Commonwealth Fund president David Blumenthal and Senior Researcher Kristof Stremikis write that while "putting value at the forefront of health care reform may seem obvious and non-controversial," a number of challenges need to be met before we can "turn the promise of value measurement into the reality of better care at lower cost."

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New U.S. Census Data on the Uninsured Underscores Need for Expanded Coverage

September 17, 2013 - Two weeks from the launch of the Affordable Care Act's new state insurance marketplaces, new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today show that 48 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2012.

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New Agenda for a Changing Health System

September 12, 2013 - David Blumenthal reflects on The Commonwealth Fund's new directions and the roles patients and health care providers might play in improving the performance of our health system.

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Wielding the Carrot and the Stick: How to Move the U.S. Health Care System Away from Fee-for-Service Payment

August 27, 2013 - Commonwealth Fund vice president Stu Guterman lays out the policies needed to move the system toward alterative payment approaches. In addition to incentives and penalties, he calls for "muscle" that can be wielded by public and private payers working together to effect change.

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The Affordable Care Act's Early Renewal Loophole: What's at Stake and What States Are Doing to Close It

August 22, 2013 - In this blog post, Georgetown University's Christine Monahan and Sabrina Corlette explain what's at stake with early coverage renewals and what some states are doing to curtail them.

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Update: State Action Round-Up on Affordable Care Act Implementation

August 19, 2013 - In less than five months, the major health insurance provisions of the Affordable Care Act will go into effect. This is the fourth post in a series that offers an overview of action on the new state health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, and expansion in eligibility for the Medicaid program.

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Two Americas

August 14, 2013 - Commonwealth Fund president David Blumenthal, M.D., reflects on how "the U.S. is not one country, but two―divided geographically by persistent, troubling differences in people's access to affordable, high-quality health care."

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The Senate Immigration Bill’s Impact on Health Care

August 08, 2013 - Thanks to the Affordable Care Act's individual and employer insurance mandates, most new legal immigrants should have insurance coverage, and some will be eligible to receive subsidies. But unauthorized immigrants as a group and immigrants on the pathway to citizenship will likely continue to have high uninsured rates and limited access to care.

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The Many Journeys to Accountable Care

August 06, 2013 - This post provides a firsthand look into the experiences of a diverse group of health systems that were among the first to take steps toward accountable care offers insight into what it takes to realize these goals.

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