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July 27, 2016 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

Fixing The ‘Family Glitch’ Will Boost Economic Security For Low-Income Families And Increase Marketplace Stability

Research published in the July issue of Health Affairs concludes that fixing the family glitch reduces family health spending but increases government costs. Reading beyond the headlines, however, we see other benefits---namely greater economic security for low-income families and increased...

CMS Releases Draft QRS And QHP Enrollee Experience Call Letter

CMS has released a draft 2016 call letter proposing refinements to the Quality Rating System (QRS) and Qualified Health Plan (QHP) Enrollee Experience Survey. CMS also released its Transparency in Coverage QHP Issuer Instruction Guide for Plan Year 2017 and transparency template.

What’s In A Word? The Evolution Of Effectiveness In Health Care

We all want medical treatment to be effective, and understanding what that word means to different stakeholders is critical to having a productive dialogue. Here is a brief history of the concept of effectiveness, a few insights about its many meanings, and the debates we can expect to have...

The Payment Reform Landscape: A Road Map For States To Bring Their Transparency 'A' Game

A body of literature suggests consumers will make informed choices in health care, much as they do in other areas, when presented with the right information. The public availability of real cost and quality information can affect the market, promoting competition that can lower costs and...

July 26, 2016 | Costs and Spending, Payment Policy

Patients With Severe Schizophrenia Aren’t Getting The Help They Need

Multiple studies have shown that clozapine is clearly superior to other treatment strategies for Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia (TRS). Yet, in most settings only 10 percent of patients with TRS are receiving the medication -- and the percentage is often far lower than that.

People Post: Staff And Board Changes At Foundations; Job Opening: Foundation President

Read about staff changes at foundations from Maine to California. Interested in being a foundation president? There's an opening.

HHS Must Improve Language Access To Make Meaningful Access A Reality

Multilingual assisters can be a lifeline for those facing critical barriers to accessing health coverage and services. HHS should use the time preceding the next open enrollment period to vigorously tackle language barriers and to deliver on the ACA’s promise of truly embracing all communities.

The Latest Health Wonk Review

Steve Anderson gives us a Yuuuuuuuge edition of the latest health wonk review over at, which includes a Health Affairs Blog post by David Cutler in response to the recent National Health Expenditure Projections published in Health Affairs.

July 22, 2016 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

Government Requests Input On Possible Contraceptive Coverage Compromises (Updated)

On July 21, the federal government requested input from interested parties on possible alternatives to the current accommodation for employers that object to providing contraceptive coverage under the ACA’s preventive services mandate.