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1.3 Million Fewer People Were Uninsured in 2011: Young Adults Continue to Make Gains in Coverage as a Result of the Affordable Care Act

September 12, 2012 - New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that the number of people without health insurance declined by 1.3 million in 2011, falling to 48.6 million people. This blog post looks at what contributed to the largest one-year drop in a decade.

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Accountable Care Organization Final Regulations Give Health Care Providers More Flexibility

October 21, 2011 - The highly anticipated final regulations for accountable care organizations (ACOs) were recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In this post, the Fund's Mark Zezza and Stuart Guterman outline the key changes to the regulations.

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Achieving Equity in the Health System: The Commonwealth Fund's Vulnerable Populations Program

January 31, 2012 - Vulnerable populations have more difficulty obtaining health care, receive worse care, and experience poorer health outcomes than other groups. This blog post looks at the new Vulnerable Populations program, which aims to help achieve equity in the U.S. health system.

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Achieving Medicare and Medicaid Savings: Cutting Eligibility and Benefits, Trimming Payments, or Ensuring the Right Care?

July 13, 2011 - Given persistent budgetary pressures, it's not surprising that the Administration and Congress are weighing options for achieving savings in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, say the Fund's Karen Davis and Stu Guterman. It's important, however, to bear three points in mind.

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ACOs: Making Sure We Learn from Experience

April 12, 2012 - The goals of accountable care—supporting providers' efforts to work together to achieve better care, better health, and lower costs—are compelling. But translating principles into practice requires learning. Elliott Fisher and Stephen Shortell explore the challenges in learning from ACOs' early experiences.

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Adapting the Medicare Shared Savings Program to Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations

March 27, 2013 - Many state Medicaid agencies are using the Medicare Shared Savings Program established under the Affordable Care Act a model for their shared saving arrangements.

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Advancing Accountable Care Organizations in Medicaid

August 15, 2012 - The health professionals who care for people with Medicaid coverage are struggling to deliver high-quality, efficient care to their most vulnerable patients. This post highlights several states that are developing accountable care organizations (ACOs) for their Medicaid populations to both improve care and control costs.

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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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Affordable Care Act Options for People with Preexisting Conditions

October 19, 2010 - From 2007 to 2009, the four largest insurers in the individual market denied coverage to about one of every seven applicants on the basis of a preexisting condition. While the health reform law's ban on denying coverage because of preexisting conditions does not go into effect until 2014, Jean Hall outlines other provisions of the Affordable Care Act that bridge that coverage gap.

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The Affordable Care Act's Disclosure Rules: Can They Improve Coverage, Raise Care Quality, and Cut Costs?

January 15, 2014 - Georgetown University Health Policy Institute researchers explain the Affordable Care Act's sunshine provisions, which will require health insurers to publicly report a wealth of existing industry data about coverage and claims.

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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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The Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplaces: A Progress Report

February 21, 2013 - All states have committed to what kind of health insurance marketplace, also referred to as an exchange, they want in their states starting in January 2014.

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The Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion: Alternative State Approaches

March 28, 2014 - This blog post looks at the alternative approaches to Medicaid expansion that some states are pursuing to cover more low-income residents.

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Affordable Coverage for Small Business Employees

September 03, 2010 - Small businesses—which have historically struggled more than large companies to provide adequate health insurance to their employees—will be one of the first groups to benefit from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in the form of tax credits designed to offset health insurance premium costs. These credits are an important step toward helping all Americans obtain comprehensive health insurance coverage.

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The Aftermath of the Super Committee: What Will It Take to Reduce Federal Health Spending?

December 12, 2011 - At the December 2 Alliance for Health Reform briefing, "Inside Deficit Reduction: What Now?," a panel of experts with diverse perspectives discussed the potential impact on health policy of the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to reach agreement on a plan to reduce the federal deficit.

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