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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Care: Squeezing The Middle Class With More Costs and Less Coverage

Health Care: Squeezing The Middle Class With More Costs and Less CoverageDiane Rowland, executive vice president of the Foundation and executive director of the Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, testified to the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means about the economic challenges of rising health care costs…

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Pulling it Together: 19.7

Several years ago Joanne Silberner from NPR offered some advice I liked. Joanne said that the secret to effective communication was to “have a killer anecdote and a killer number.” Here is a killer number: 19.7. That’s the average number of years between major attempts at health reform since Harry…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Innovation Center: How Much Can It Improve Quality and Reduce Costs – and How Quickly?

The new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) seeks to test new health care payment and service delivery models that can potentially enhance quality of care for beneficiaries while reducing costs. How is the agency planning to administer its $10 billion in funding? What early projects is the center…

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Pulling It Together: Are We Headed for a Government Takeover of Health Care?

Remember the “government takeover of the health care system” argument that critics of the health reform law have used?  Well, last week the Office of the Actuary in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published the latest projections of health spending in the journal Health Affairs.  Attention focused mainly…

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Pulling it Together: 2012: The ACA, and More

What is remarkable about 2012 (and the current era in health policy) is how many big health policy issues and marketplace changes will be in play at the same time: HEALTH REFORM: There is the implementation of a historic but fragile health reform law, with a Supreme Court decision pending…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

External Review of Health Plan Decisions in the States and Medicare

An analysis of the external review process, the formal dispute resolution process established by state or federal agencies, independent of disputing parties, that has the capacity to evaluate and resolve at least those disputes involving medical issues. This paper identifies critical features of external review systems in thirteen states and…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicaid and Health System Reform: The Potential for Integration into an Employer-Based System

Report: Medicaid and Health System Reform: The Potential for Integration into an Employer-Based System

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Development of Capitation Rates Under Medicaid Managed Care Programs: A Pilot Study, Vols. 1 & 2

Report: The Development of Capitation Rates under Medicaid Managed Care Programs: A Pilot Study

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Oral Health: Putting Teeth into the Health Care System

The Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored an August 17 briefing to discuss oral health coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). While PPACA ensures dental coverage for children, challenges remain to improve dental health access and coverage for adults. Speakers will…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Trends in Health Care Costs and Spending

This fact sheet on health care costs presents key statistics about the growth, level and impact of rising U.S. health care costs. It covers spending on various medical services, sources of health spending, employer-sponsored health coverage and the impact on businesses and people. Fact Sheet (.pdf)

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