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Thirteen Ways Of Looking At King v. Burwell: A Virtual Symposium

In the week after the Supreme Court handed down its anxiously-awaited decision on King v. Burwell, Health Affairs Blog published a series of nine essays analyzing the justices’ opinions and considering the case’s potential long-term impact.

The Argument That Wasn't

Last Christmas, I spent a somewhat panicky inter-semester break writing an amicus brief for King v. Burwell. I was worried that five Supreme Court justices were going to be too tempted by the plaintiffs’ legalistic interpretation of Obamacare’s text, despite ample evidence beyond the text that...

Seven Big Ideas From Spotlight Health

A few of us from Health Affairs were lucky enough to attend Spotlight Health at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Here are just seven of the ideas that surprised us, impressed us, and even made us reexamine what we thought we already knew.

After King v. Burwell, A New Opportunity To Build On Early Success

The Supreme Court decision to uphold the structural framework of the Affordable Care Act in King v. Burwell should finally bring an end to the efforts to invalidate the health reform law signed by President Obama in March 2010.

Medicaid Private Option For All?

The Medicaid “private option” pioneered by Arkansas continues to dominate the headlines. One idea is to make use of “1332 waivers” to expand the private option, where Medicaid provides premium support for certain enrollees to purchase commercial insurance on the marketplace, to cover all or...

King v. Burwell And The Importance Of State Politics

The fight about health reform is not over, with Republican presidential candidates promising to repeal the law while supporters of the law push for Medicaid expansion and the development of ACOs. But it is important to pause and reflect on what we have learned the last five years.

Health Affairs Web First: Improved Pneumococcal Vaccine Costs More, But 10-Year Savings Projected

A new study estimated the additional cost of PCV13 use by public and private US insurance payers to be $3.5 billion and $2.6 billion, respectively, over PCV7, between 2010 and 2019.

How Medicaid Coverage For Doula Care Could Improve Birth Outcomes, Reduce Costs, And Improve Equity

One policy effort with the potential to ameliorate equity concerns while improving care and reducing the costs of childbirth is currently being taken up by Oregon and Minnesota. These states have expanded Medicaid coverage to include doula services for pregnant beneficiaries.

Improving Patient Safety Incident Reporting? There’s An App For That

Researchers at the Centre for Health Policy (CHP) based at Imperial College London are testing a new approach to patient safety incident reporting through the innovative use of app-based technology.