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How Will Health Reform Affect You?

The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act means that there may be new coverage options available to you or your loved ones. While most of the health care reforms don’t go into effect for a couple years, a few provisions are immediate. For a good overview of the new legislation, including a […]

Factsheet on the Medically Uninsured and Underinsured

Health insurance •    Health insurance premiums are rising and unavailable to many people with pre-existing conditions. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is mandated to all people who need health insurance. •    Between 2000 and 2007, workers earnings increased 22 percent, while health insurance premiums increased 72 percent. •    Nationally, health insurance premiums increased by […]

A Hot Summer with Little Progress on Health Reform: Policy Brief # 5

The summer months leading up to September have seen the debate on health reform become more heated as it moves beyond the Washington DC beltway into town hall meeting around the country. One clear result of this activity is that both the media and the public are now engaged. Looking beyond the attention grabbing protesters, […]

A Steeper Path to Health Reform: Policy Brief #4

The path toward health reform became much steeper during mid June. The conflicting goals of cost containment and increasing access to health insurance came sharply into focus in Washington. This focus has slowed progress toward health reform as legislators debate how to construct a program that will improve insurance access and not increase the federal […]

Health Care Priorities in the Obama Administration

By James Chesney, Ph.D. The Obama Administration’s health care agenda emphasizes funding for primary care, health information technology and comparative effectiveness research.  The health care blueprint for the new administration is contained in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), the Consolidated FY 2009 Appropriations legislation and the outline of President Obama’s spending plan for […]

Medicaid as a Tool for Economic Development

Medicaid apparently will be an important component in President-elect Obama’s economic recovery package. In mid-December Mr. Obama declared, “It’s [health reform] not something we can put off because we are in an emergency. This is part of the emergency; Medicaid is a focal point for economic recovery; it is a powerful tool targeted to help […]

Obama Appointments Suggest Health Policy Direction

Since Barack Obama’s election as the 44th President there are early signs of what direction the new administration and Congress will pursue in reforming the American health care system. The early signs come from the people that Team Obama has tapped for leadership posts and actions in Congress that will push the new administration toward […]

Expanding Medicaid: Less Costly Covering More Low-Income Uninsured than Expanding Private Insurance

Average medical expenditures per person are lower under public programs such as Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) than under private insurance, according to new research published by Health Affairs. The new research, by Leighton Ku of George Washington University and Matthew Broaddus of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, is […]

Patient-Centered Medical Homes Offer Quality Option for Health Care

For years, we have read and heard about emergency room overcrowding and the non-emergent use of emergency departments by the uninsured and underinsured with nowhere else to go. The people living in the Near East Side of Detroit, within the service area of Detroit Riverview Hospital, faced that dilemma on a large scale last year […]