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Health Care System Reform - Ideas & Plans

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AHA Framework for Health Reform: Health for Life

American Hospital Association (AHA) dialogue document calls for 5 large areas of national healthcare change to achieve 1st ranking in the world: Focus on Wellness (healthier lifestyles), Efficient Affordable Care (including clear information on quality & pricing), Highest Quality Care (evidence-based; coordination; end-of-life, etc.); Best Information (emphasizing electronic health records); and Health Coverage for All (all participate in cost sharing)

Aspen Institute's 10 Principles for Health Stewardship

Ten principles address access, personal responsibility for health, Value & Quality, Health Span (not just more & more treatment), culture change, information technology, transparency, equity, population health and a concept of considering health in all facets of policy, are some of the topics. Provided by the non-profit organization Aspen Institute. The Aspen Health Stewardship Project, 2009

CBO Analysis of Roadmap for America's Future 2010

Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the Roadmap for America's Future Act of 2010 is contained in Jan. 27, 2010 letter to Rep. Paul Ryan. The Roadmap reportedly reduces Social Security benefits for individuals who are today about 54 or younger, and would change Medicare to a voucher system to purchase private health insurance beginning in 2021

CED's Ideas on Health Care Policies and Reform

The Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, business-led public policy organization. Health Care is one of their policy issues. While embracing access, quality and affordability, the organization favors market-driven reforms, competition and cost-conscious consumer choice

Citizens' Health Care Working Group: Final Recommendations 9-25-06  Editor's Pick

After input from more than 14,000 engaged citizens, the national working group delivered its recommendations to the President. Six recommendations called for immediate action and public policy that all Americans have affordable health care; that quality and efficiency be improved, and end-of-life-care be reformed. In recommending that core health care benefits and services be defined, it shares data that the people think consumers and medical professionals should define these benefits, rather than insurance companies. The group calls for affordable access to health care to be achieved by 2012. Summary and Appendix C (poll results) should be required reading for 2010 Congress and White House staff. Unfortunately the survey left out the question of how to encourage personal responsibility for exercising, eating right, and other healthy behaviors. Still, Editor's Pick

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Policy features of health systems in 25 countries in Europe, plus Canada, United States and Israel. Published policy articles also available

Health Reform - What Did Consumers Think after ACA? November 2010

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll from November 3-6, 2010 (post-election) shows nearly half (49% of VOTERS +/- 3 percent) had an unfavorable view of the health reform bill passed earlier in 2010. While a majority of Democrats (77%) still supported the enacted reform, only 11% of Republicans did. KFF Chartpack provides a quick look at responses. Among general public (including non-voters), support was 42% to 40% against. Specific health reform elements the public want repealed are listed

Health Reform Source: Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)

Health Reform research, publications, public opinion polls, state-by-state information, information and commentary by others. Kaiser Family Foundation web site

HHS in the 21st Century: Institute of Medicine Recommendations, December 2008

The highly respected Institute of Medicine recommends reforms to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—the largest budget of any federal department, reportedly spending an astounding 2 billion dollars per DAY. Among the recommendations: a strong and prominent surgeon general who works to educate Americans on important health issues, and assessing the cost effectiveness of medical interventions, procedures and preventive technology. Report commissioned by the US House of Representatives

NFIB - Health Policy survey re: ACA

Presented by the National Federation of Independent Business, a large nonprofit advocacy association for small businesses. This 2015 survey outlines concerns with the Affordable Care Act

RAND COMPARE Health Policies

RAND COMPARE is an evidence-based approach to providing information and tools to help policymakers, the media, and other interested parties understand, design, and evaluate health policies. RAND Health, a division of the RAND Corporation, is one of the world’s largest private health research groups

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Employment and Health Insurance Coverage, 2010  Editor's Pick

Detailed look at sources of health insurance and characteristics of the Uninsured, for people under age 65, based on the March 2011 Current Population Survey (CPS). About 69% of workers age 18-64 (60% of adults ages 18-64) had employment-based insurance. More than one-third of workers in private sector companies with fewer than 10 employees, were uninsured. The rate of workers in companies of 10 to 49 employees, and self-employed people without health insurance was 28%. Self-employed workers had the highest rate of purchasing health insurance themselves (21.7%), compared to 5% of those in firms of 1000 or more workers. Public sector workers had the best rate of employment-based coverage (85%), with 6% purchasing their own insurance. EBRI Issue Brief No. 362, published September 2011

Health Savings Accounts and High Deductible Health Plans: Are They An Option for Low-Income Families

Kaiser Family Foundation concludes that most low-income families would NOT benefit from the use of HSAs and high deductible health plans (HDHPs). Reasons include low level of earnings, the amount of overall income that such plans consume, and that such plans reduce the use of preventive and primary health care services. Issue Brief published Oct. 4, 2006

How Important is Health Care in 2016-2017? (KFF Survey)

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll Health Care shows health care was about a third-level priority behind the Economy and Immigration, as of December 2016. Within healthcare, lowering out-of-pocket costs, including costs for prescription drugs ranked at the top of people's concerns. Telephone survey of 1204 adults, by the Kaiser Family Foundation Dec. 13-19, 2016

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