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

August 02, 2013 - To keep you up to date on implementation efforts, starting today The Commonwealth Fund is launching a series of blog posts that will provide an overview of action on the new state health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, and the expansion in Medicaid eligibility.

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A Shared Responsibility: Employers and the Affordable Care Act

July 24, 2013 - Sara Collins examines how the Affordable Care Act and a recent set of federal regulations and guidance aim to knit employer-based health insurance into the fabric of a unified insurance system.

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

July 19, 2013 - To keep you up to date on implementation efforts, starting today The Commonwealth Fund is launching a series of blog posts that will provide an overview of action on the new state health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, and the expansion in Medicaid eligibility.

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Stop the Churn: Preventing Gaps in Health Insurance Coverage

July 10, 2013 - Churning, the term for repeatedly gaining and losing health insurance coverage, is a serious cause of gaps in health care coverage for low-income people.

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State Action Round-Up on Affordable Care Act Implementation

July 03, 2013 - To keep you up to date on implementation efforts, starting today The Commonwealth Fund is launching a series of blog posts that will provide an overview of action on the new state health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, and the expansion in Medicaid eligibility.

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Will New Laws in States with Federally Run Health Insurance Marketplaces Hinder Outreach?

July 01, 2013 - Consumer outreach and enrollment assistance in the health insurance marketplaces will be vital to achieving one of the Affordable Care Act's core purposes: substantially reducing the number of people without health insurance in the United States.

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The Effects of Health Insurance on Health: What We Can Expect from the Affordable Care Act

June 21, 2013 - Commonwealth Fund president David Blumenthal, M.D., and vice president for Affordable Health Insurance Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., argue that research leaves little doubt that insurance has a beneficial effect on health status over time.

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Evolving Dynamics of Health Insurance Exchange Implementation

June 19, 2013 - Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, the roles of states and the federal government in establishing health insurance exchanges—marketplaces where people can shop for comprehensive and affordable health plans—have evolved considerably.

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Health Information Technology: The Gateway to Progress

June 04, 2013 - Locked away in millions of tons of paper on the shelves of doctor's offices and in the basements of hospitals is a vital untapped resource for improving the health and welfare of Americans. And there is only one way to mobilize that resource: to digitize it.

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Implementing the Affordable Care Act's Health Coverage Provisions

May 23, 2013 - David Blumenthal and Sara Collins examine both the Affordable Care Act's potential to cover million of people, as well as remaining coverage gaps.

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Improving the Medicaid Primary Care Rate Increase

May 16, 2013 - Since January 2013, Medicaid agencies and health plans have been required to pay for primary care for Medicaid beneficiaries at the generally higher rates paid to providers by Medicare. The Center for Health Care Strategies' David Bricklin-Small and Tricia McGinnis say that to ensure continued access to primary care, the increase should be maintained beyond its two-year timeframe.

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The Value of Strong Primary Care

May 10, 2013 - The Fund's Jordan Kiszla and Rachel Nuzum discuss a recent policy briefing on the potential of patient-centered medical homes to transform primary care.

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Medicare Essential: A Policy Proposal to Enhance Benefits, Improve Care, and Lower Health System Costs

May 06, 2013 - Learn about a new comprehensive, cost-saving proposal called "Medicare Essential" that would protect beneficiaries and emphasize high-value care.

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In Pursuit of Better Care at Lower Costs: The Value of Cross-National Learning

April 30, 2013 - In a new post, David Blumenthal, M.D., and Robin Osborn point out that both drawing from and contributing to the body of international health policy research will be an important responsibility for U.S. health services researchers and policymakers as we undergo dramatic health system change.

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Large Shares of Adults Are Uninsured or Underinsured in the Nation's Largest States

April 26, 2013 - A look at key measures of insurance coverage and affordability of care in California, Florida, New York, and Texas.

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