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Cures Act Offers Tax-Favored Vehicle For Small Employers To Pay Premiums, And More

Title XVIII of the 21st Century Cures Act creates a new vehicle for financing health coverage, the small employer health reimbursement arrangement. Also, a new report analyzes 18 options for reducing federal health care spending and a survey shows the percentage of persons with problems paying...

December 9, 2016 | Following the ACA

What’s The Story With Obamacare?

Wherever possible, we need to rely on evidence from rigorous research---rather than compelling anecdotes---to get an accurate assessment of a policy’s effects.

Accelerating Health System Transformation By Disrupting The Status Quo

To solve the problems with America's health system, we have to start by being honest with ourselves: we know that the system is failing us, and we know why, says a foundation leader. These times call for truly catalytic philanthropy—investments that accelerate change, not foster business as usual.

Trump Plan To Increase Health Savings Accounts Should Ensure That They Do Not Only Benefit The Wealthy And Healthy

New approaches will be needed if HSAs are to be used more widely and improve health outcomes for the broader population.

Five Reasons The ACA Won’t Be Repealed

The repeal and replace “two step” is fraught with difficulty, bolder than the ACA itself, and far from certain to succeed.

December 7, 2016 | Following the ACA

Taking Stock Of Health Reform: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going

What are the ACA’s successes and failures? How might the new administration and Congress proceed with repealing and replacing it? What provisions might be adopted to replace the ACA and how might these provisions improve on, or undermine, the law's accomplishments?

Rewarding Provider Performance: Ten Years In

Ten years ago, the Institute of Medicine released a report reflecting the work of an IOM subcommittee that Robert Reischauer and I co-chaired. Ten years later, the country is further along this path, but we are still relatively early in the process.

Health Affairs Issue: Oral Health And More

The December issue of Health Affairs explores the state of oral health, including financial barriers to dental care and water fluoridation.

December 5, 2016 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

Court Stays Cost-Sharing Reduction Payment Case, Giving Control To New Administration And Congress (Updated)

A court has stayed proceedings until at least Feb. 21, 2017 in a case brought by the House of Reps. challenging government payments to insurers to reimburse them for reducing cost sharing for lower-income marketplace enrollees. The suit is now the new administration and Congress’s responsibility.

How NashvilleHealth Is Maximizing Community Population Health

I fondly call my hometown, Nashville, the “Silicon Valley of Health Services.” But when you compare us to similar cities, the health of Nashvillians is poor. We can build the best hospitals and I can be the best heart surgeon possible, but behavior and how and where people live, eat, work, and...

December 5, 2016 | Population Health, Public Health