New Analysis of Congressional Health Care Proposals

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<p>A new Commonwealth Fund analysis of health care reform proposals in Congress shows that many of the bills, if passed, could significantly reduce the number of uninsured Americans and decrease overall health care expenditures.<br><br><a href="/cnlib/pub/enews_clickthrough.htm?enews_item_id=27389&return_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecmwf%2Eorg%2Fpublications%2Fpublications%5Fshow%2Ehtm%3Fdoc%5Fid%3D469753%26%23doc469753">The report,</a> which is the first in a two-part series prepared for the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System, examines leading congressional bills and administration proposals from 2005 to 2007 that are intended to expand health insurance coverage. The Fund's Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., Karen Davis, Ph.D., and Jennifer L. Kriss consider whether the proposals--which range from fundamental restructurings of health insurance to efforts aimed at strengthening employer-based coverage--would improve access to care, increase health system efficiency, make the system more equitable, and improve quality of care.<br><br>The Lewin Group estimated the impact each bill would have on stakeholder and health system costs and the projected number of people who would gain insurance coverage.<br><br>The second report in the series will analyze and compare congressional bills that seek to improve health care quality and efficiency.</p>