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Pulling It Together: The “R” Word Is Back

Longer ago than I care to admit, I got my start in health policy at M.I.T. when I wrote a book about health care regulation. The book was about a long forgotten attempt to rationalize the health care system through an elaborate health planning program set up in the seventies under the National…

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Quick Take: Timing Matters: States Waiting for a Supreme Court Decision to Plan an Exchange

State-based health insurance exchanges are an important component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) designed to extend subsidized private health insurance coverage to millions of Americans by 2014. Though projections show exchange enrollment could grow to 20 million individuals nationally, aggressive planning on the part of states…

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The Alphabet Soup of Care Delivery Transformation

Both the private and public sectors are testing various care delivery transformation models to improve quality, reduce morbidity and mortality, and contain the costs of treatment. The Alliance for Health Reform and WellPoint, Inc. hosted a September 10 briefing to discuss delivery system innovations, Medicare care coordination, and low-spending health…

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Section 9: Prescription Drugs and Mental Health Benefits

Exhibit 9.1Exhibit 9.5Exhibit 9.2Exhibit 9.6Exhibit 9.3Exhibit 9.7Exhibit 9.4Exhibit 9.89 There are fewer observations for estimating the average copayment for four-tier drugs compared to other drug types.

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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 — March 2007

This Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll is the first in a new series on the public’s views of health reform and the presidential candidates’ positions on health care. Through the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008, Kaiser will track changes in the saliency of health as a political and policy priority,…

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Health Care Agenda for the New Congress

This survey captures the public’s attitudes regarding the health care agenda for Bush’s second term and the new Congress in 2005. It assesses the relative priority placed on health-care concerns by the American public and also provides insight into public opinion on key issues likely to face the new Congress,…

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Medicare+Choice Withdrawals: Understanding Key Factors

To help understand why M+C plans have exited or limited their participation in the M+C program in recent years, this report presents an empirical analysis of the factors associated with plan withdrawals between 1999 and 2001. This analysis explores factors such as M+C payment levels, local market characteristics, and individual…

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Section 8: Health Benefits

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National Survey of Small Business Executives on Health Care

A survey of 800 small business executives on their views on health care and the coverage they offer their employees. The survey also asked small employers how they feel about current proposals to protect consumers and regulate managed care.

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What Shapes Lawmakers’ Views: A Survey of Members of Congress and Key Staff on Health Care Reform

A report summarizing the findings of in-depths interviews conducted with Members of Congress and their staff who were actively involved in the health care reform debate about their opinions about what factors influenced the debate and shaped their views. The report finds that, among media sources, talk radio had the…

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