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Health Policy Brief: High-Deductible Health Plans

A new policy brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) looks at high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), in which 25 percent of Americans with employer-sponsored health coverage are enrolled.

At Last: The Data To Routinely Discuss Health Spending By Medical Condition

A January Health Affairs paper introduces readers to the innovative new Health Care Satellite Account and uses its data to examine the recent slowdown in health spending growth. The HSCA opens the health spending discussion to those involved with population health, public health, and clinical care.

The 2016 Open Enrollment Tally: 12.7 Million Selected Plans, 1 Million More Than 2015

CMS has released its final enrollment snapshot for the 2016 open enrollment period which ended on January 31. Overall, 12.7 million individuals selected plans in 2016 through HealthCare.gov and the state-operated marketplaces, up 1 million from 2015, though the numbers are not truly comparable.

Several Kansas Foundations Encourage Expansion Of Kansas Medicaid

For two years, Kansas has ignored a national policy decision that could be saving the state money now while providing coverage to more than 150,000 uninsured Kansans.

Health Affairs Briefing Reminder: Vaccines

Join us for a FREE briefing on Vaccines on Tuesday, February 9 at a forum at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, featuring authors from the February issue of Health Affairs.

Reexamining Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research And Treatment Policy

Two recent developments have provided some degree of optimism to people with chronic fatigue syndrome, heralding the possibility of changes in research and treatment policies. One point must not be overlooked: patients can possess more wisdom about their condition than researchers and policymakers.

The ACA And Its Employment Effects

Given the structure of the ACA, it would be hard to conclude the law would not eventually reduce hours worked or total compensation, although the magnitude of the resulting changes may be as yet hard to detect in the U.S.’s large and complex labor markets.

Claims That The ACA Would Be A Job Killer Are Not Substantiated By Research

Opponents of the ACA have been claiming that the law would be a job killer since its passage, and the claims have not subsided with time. However, we have a growing body of empirical evidence that the ACA has had little, if any, adverse effect on employment.

Politics And Policy: What To Expect After 2016

By the time a new president takes office in January 2017, it will have been nearly seven years since the enactment of the ACA. What are the chances that Democrats can take control of Congress this election year?

Using The Intensive Outpatient Care Program To Lower Costs And Improve Care For High-Cost Patients

A significant proportion of health expenditures are concentrated among medically complex patients. A new care initiative, the IOCP model, addresses this by having care coordinators build a relationship with patients and work closely with them until the patient's health is stabilized.