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CBO Releases Report On Effects Of ACA Repeal

On January 17, the Congressional Budget Office—Congress’ nonpartisan scorekeeper—released a report on how reconciliation legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, similar to that adopted by Congress in 2015 (and vetoed by President Obama), would affect health insurance coverage and premiums.

First, Do No Harm: A Physician Secretary Of HHS And The Reach Of Hippocrates

If the U.S. Senate confirms the nomination of Representative Tom Price to serve as the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) he will be only the third physician to lead that department since its formation in 1953.

January 17, 2017 | Following the ACA

Building The Value-Based Health Care System Of The Future Depends On Meeting Clinicians’ Data Needs

As we prepare to transition from this administration, we’d like to take stock of what our nation has accomplished and to lay out a potential roadmap for the next administration.

January 17, 2017 | Health IT

Court Denies Cost-Sharing Reduction Payment Recipients Right To Join Litigation (Updated)

On January 12, 2017, the D.C. Circuit denied two recipients of cost-sharing reduction payments the right to intervene in House v. Burwell, a challenge to reimbursement of insurers for those payments. The litigation is now in the hands of the Trump administration and the House.

Obamacare, Trumpcare, And Your Mouth

Though the ACA reinforced the status quo approach of maintaining separate medical and dental care financing and delivery systems, there have been some interesting lessons worth highlighting.

Project ECHO: The Evidence Is Catching Up With The Enthusiasm

While it’s true that the spread of ECHO has outpaced the publication of the research exploring it, it is critical here to clarify what ECHO is -- and what it isn’t.

What Could President Trump Do Through Executive Order To Dismantle The ACA?

Vice-President-elect Pence stated, “We’re working now on a series of executive orders” to unwind the ACA in an orderly fashion “even as Congress appropriately debates alternatives to and replacements for ObamaCare.” What can the executive do to unwind a law without congressional action?

Time To Focus On The ACA’s Sometimes Unheralded Virtue: Value-Based Care

After many years of working to improve health care, the president and CEO of the Blue Shield of California Foundation says that he is "convinced that orienting our system to incentivize better health outcomes—for families, individuals, and communities—is the only sustainable, long-term answer."

The Framework Convention On Global Health: A Call For Leadership From The Global Health Trio

In the current issue of Health Affairs, we explore a pivotal moment of opportunity and peril in global health, while identifying the leadership challenges of “the global health trio” -- the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and the World Bank.

January 12, 2017 | Global Health Policy, Public Health

ACA Round-Up: Enrollment Report, Repeal Efforts, And More (Updated)

Over 11.5 million individuals either selected ACA Marketplace plans or were auto-reenrolled through December 24, 2016. The budget reconciliation process to replace Obamacare is underway, although President-elect Trump said today that repeal and replace would take place “essentially simultaneously.”