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Health Care System Reform - Ideas & Plans

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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 (in 2010) about 54 or younger, and would change Medicare to a voucher system to purchase private health insurance beginning in 2021. While policy has changed as of 2017, many of the principles in this 2010 analysis are still in play.

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: 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

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. Pub 2009

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

Other Helpful Listings

Are Health Savings Accounts and High Deductible Health Plans 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

Employment and Health Insurance Coverage, 2014

Detailed look at sources of health insurance and characteristics of the Uninsured, for people under age 65, based on the March 2014 and 2015 Current Population Surveys (CPS). About 71% of workers age 18-64 (60% of adults ages 18-64) had employment-based insurance. More than one-fourth of workers in private sector companies with fewer than 10 employees, were uninsured. The rates of workers in companies of 10 to 49 employees, and self-employed people without health insurance were 19% and nearly 22% respectively. Self-employed workers had the highest rate of purchasing health insurance themselves (30.6%), compared to 9.7% of those in firms of 1000 or more workers. Public sector workers had the best rate of employment-based coverage (71.6%), compared to 51% in the Private sector, and 17% for the self-employed. EBRI Issue Brief No. 419, published October 2015

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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