Health Legislation

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    Q&A

    Quick Takes: Health Literacy and ACA Enrollment

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands coverage to millions of Americans. But the newly eligible may face challenges enrolling if they lack understanding of how the health care system itself works. Laurie Martin explains the role of health literacy in determining how successful the ACA will be in providing coverage for America's uninsured.

    Nov 7, 2013

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    Journal Article

    Primary Care Technicians: A Solution to the Primary Care Workforce Gap

    Efforts to close the primary care workforce gap typically employ one of three basic strategies: train more primary care physicians; boost the supply of nurse practitioners or physician assistants, or both; or use community health workers to extend the reach of primary care physicians.

    Nov 1, 2013

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    Journal Article

    Foreign-Educated Health Workers Play Vital Role, but Changes May Be Needed to Stabilize U.S. Health Workforce

    Foreign-educated and foreign-born health professionals fill important gaps in the U.S. health care workforce, but strategic shifts such as changes in immigration laws may be needed to stabilize the nation's health workforce.

    Nov 1, 2013

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    Dissertation

    Fighting Obesity in the United States with State Legislation

    Studies obesity prevention efforts at the state level.

    Oct 31, 2013

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    News Release

    RAND Launches Initiative to Study Drug Discount Program

    The RAND Corporation is launching a new research initiative to provide objective and nonpartisan analysis about the impact and future of the 340B program, a major federal program that gives safety net hospitals and other health care providers access to discounted outpatient medications.

    Oct 21, 2013

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    Q&A

    Quick Takes: The Math of Medicaid Expansion

    Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is both contentious and complicated. RAND mathematician Carter Price has been using the COMPARE model to help those making decisions understand what their choices mean for their budgets and population health.

    Oct 21, 2013

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    Commentary

    Medicaid Access for the Formerly Incarcerated Under the ACA: Helping the Oft-Forgotten

    America's prison population tends to be sicker than the general population. While Medicaid eligibility under the ACA offers an historic opportunity, enrolling the formerly incarcerated into the health exchanges or Medicaid will be neither simple nor straightforward.

    Oct 3, 2013

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    Commentary

    Understanding the Affordable Care Act

    One of the chief aims of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the expansion of insurance coverage to individuals who at present either cannot afford it or choose not to purchase it. Unfortunately, many Americans lack the financial literacy needed to navigate the numerous and complex options thrust upon them by the ACA.

    Oct 2, 2013

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    News Release

    Affordable Care Act Will Reduce Out-of-Pocket Medical Spending for Many Americans

    The Affordable Care Act will have a varied impact on health spending by individuals and families, depending primarily on their income and whether they would have been uninsured in 2016 without the program.

    Oct 1, 2013

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    Blog

    Ask Me Anything: Carter Price on the Affordable Care Act

    As of October 1, many Americans can now shop for health insurance through state exchanges created as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—the sweeping health care reform often referred to as “Obamacare.” To provide some insight into the ACA, RAND's Carter Price hosted an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit today.

    Oct 1, 2013

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    Report

    Affordable Care Act Will Reduce Out-of-Pocket Medical Spending for Many Americans

    The Affordable Care Act will have a varied impact on health spending by individuals and families, depending primarily on their income and whether they would have been uninsured in 2016 without the program.

    Oct 1, 2013

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    Commentary

    Will ACA Implementation Lead to a Spike in Demand for Care?

    The growing number of Americans newly-insured under the ACA will undoubtedly lead to a surge in demand for care, whether through Medicaid or insurance exchanges. But, if predictions hold, the increase won't be as dramatic as some may fear, writes David I. Auerbach.

    Sep 27, 2013

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    Report

    Does It Cost More to Train Medical Residents or to Replace Them?

    If a hospital has service needs, adding a resident presents a marginal benefit. This is especially true for more-lucrative specialty and subspecialty programs, before considering the additional benefits of any Medicare revenues related to graduate medical education.

    Sep 26, 2013

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    News Release

    No Widespread Increase in Cost of Individual Health Insurance Policies Under Affordable Care Act

    An analysis of 10 states and the United States overall predicts that there will be no widespread premium increase in the individual health insurance market under the ACA. However, the cost of policies will vary among states and will be influenced by individual factors such as a person's age and whether they smoke.

    Aug 29, 2013

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    Commentary

    Data Points: Why Delay of the Employer Mandate May Not Actually Mean That Much

    The bottom line is that the employer mandate does not provide a large inducement for firms to change their health insurance offerings, but it does raise a substantial amount of money to pay for the ACA's coverage provisions over time.

    Aug 29, 2013

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    Report

    No Widespread Increase in Cost of Individual Health Insurance Policies Under Affordable Care Act

    An analysis of 10 states and the United States overall predicts that there will be no widespread premium increase in the individual health insurance market under the ACA. However, the cost of policies will vary among states and will be influenced by individual factors such as a person's age and whether they smoke.

    Aug 29, 2013

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    News Release

    Delay of Employer Insurance Mandate Will Not Cause Major Problems for Affordable Care Act

    A one-year delay in requiring large employers to provide health insurance to their workers will not significantly hurt the goals of the Affordable Care Act, but a repeal of the requirement would seriously undermine financial support for the law.

    Aug 19, 2013

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    Report

    Delay of Employer Insurance Mandate Will Not Cause Major Problems for Affordable Care Act

    A one-year delay in requiring large employers to provide health insurance to their workers will not significantly hurt the goals of the Affordable Care Act, but a repeal of the requirement would seriously undermine financial support for the law.

    Aug 8, 2013

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    Dissertation

    Labor Market Outcomes of Health Shocks and Dependent Coverage Expansions

    A series of studies on sources of variation in individual valuation of employer-provided group health care found that the effects of bundling health insurance with employment in the U.S. can vary significantly within different population groups.

    Jul 24, 2013

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    Commentary

    Health Care Spending: What's in Store?

    Resolving the question of whether or not the U.S. has finally gotten a handle on health care spending is vitally important, because the choices we make going forward will have profound implications for our economy, the financial wellbeing of millions of American families, and ultimately America's standing in the world.

    Jul 16, 2013

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