February 8, 2012 - The health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act are targeted primarily at individuals and small employers. But they are causing many large employers to rethink their health benefits strategies, according to this Commonwealth Fund–supported analysis.
February 8, 2012 - In this Commonwealth Fund–supported study, researchers at the RAND Corporation simulated the effects of the new regulations, given these potential exceptions.
February 8, 2012 - With support from The Commonwealth Fund, researchers from the Urban Institute simulated the implications of the various state health insurance exchange design choices.
February 8, 2012 - In this Commonwealth Fund–supported article, Jon Kingsdale argues that the reason many small firms do not currently offer health insurance to employees is not lack of availability—as there is a thriving commercial market for small-group coverage—but because of cost.
February 8, 2012 - This Commonwealth Fund–supported article in Health Affairs recommends ways the exchanges can reach out to small-business owners to meet their needs.
February 7, 2012 - Adults in low- and moderate-income families are more likely to be uninsured, to lack a regular source of health care, and to struggle to get the health care they need compared to those in higher-income families, according to this new Commonwealth Fund survey.
November 21, 2011 - Patients discharged from the hospital after heart attack were more likely to take medications prescribed for their condition when copayments were eliminated, a Commonwealth Fund–supported study concludes. Patients with full coverage also experienced fewer heart attacks, strokes, and other vascular events during the study period—and total spending by the insurer did not change.
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November 17, 2011 - Premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance policies increased by 50 percent from 2003 to 2010, and the annual amount that employees pay toward their insurance increased by 63 percent, as businesses required employees to contribute a greater share, this new Commonwealth Fund analysis finds.
November 14, 2011 - Nearly nine of 10 leaders in health and health care policy say it is important for federal and state policymakers to continue efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act, according to the latest and final Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey.
November 1, 2011 - This supplement to the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of the Columbia Journalism Review serves as a resource for journalists from The Commonwealth Fund.
October 27, 2011 - In invited testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Health Care, the Fund's Sara Collins discussed the importance of the Affordable Care Act's premium tax credits and other insurance affordability provisions that will ensure the health and financial security of working families.
October 7, 2011 - This Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System report examines the problems facing vulnerable populations and offers three strategies to close the health care divide.
September 23, 2011 - The United States ranks last among 16 high-income nations when it comes to deaths that could potentially be prevented by timely access to effective health care, according to a new Commonwealth Fund–supported study.
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September 8, 2011 - The number of U.S. adults who had health insurance all year but were still "underinsured"—that is, they had very high medical expenses relative to their incomes—rose by 80 percent between 2003 and 2010, from 16 million to 29 million, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study published in the September issue of Health Affairs.
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August 24, 2011 - In this period of chronically high unemployment, millions of Americans are losing their health insurance coverage along with their jobs. A Commonwealth Fund brief finds that unemployed workers have few affordable coverage options. While the Affordable Care Act will provide new options, extending subsidies for COBRA would further protect unemployed workers, the authors say.