Analysis and Modeling of the Leading Health Care Reform Bills of the 110th Congress (2007-08) and Presidential Candidates' Health Care Proposals

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In March 2007, the Fund released the first of two reports analyzing and comparing leading reform bills of the 109th and early 110th Congresses. The first paper focused on health insurance expansion bills and included estimates of cost and coverage as well as detailed, side-by-side analyses of the bills' provisions and potential for success. The second paper, to be released this spring, will analyze and compare bills to improve quality and efficiency and the Medicare Part D benefit, also providing side-by-side analyses. By presenting comprehensive, nonpartisan analysis of legislative proposals, the report fills a large gap in health reform debates. For this project, Fund staff and consultants will analyze a new set of bills introduced in the 110th Congress, including reforms designed to expand health coverage, improve public insurance programs, control costs and maximize efficiency, enhance the quality and safety of care, and develop more rational payment policies. The project team will also develop comparative coverage and cost analyses of the 2008 presidential candidates' health plans. With health reform promising to be a key issue in the 2008 elections, this analysis will help policymakers and the public understand the practical impact of the proposals on the table.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
The Commonwealth Fund
Principal Investigator:
Sara R. Collins
Award Amount:
$300,000.00
Approval Date:
April 10, 2007

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