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Coalition members are deeply concerned about the paucity of delivery system reform language in many of the current legislative proposals and urges that alternatives to fee for service (FFS) be adopted to offer stronger incentives to align payment to quality, reward providers and hospitals that are doing what’s right for patients, and making health care more efficient and less costly. Support for adoption of these alternatives assumes that patient protections and quality assurance mechanisms are in place to meaningfully protect patient care.
The National Coalition on Health Care's recommendations, based upon the consensus view of 85 member organizations, to make the system less complex, reduce overly high prices, and create a truly competitive health care marketplace. The goal of the paper is to augment the NCHC Principles and Specifications with a more detailed and selective set of policy recommendations on cost containment and quality improvement.
Consumer Reports has developed a brief guide, Medicare: 6 Things You Need to Know Now, to educate consumers on how the Affordable Care Act has affected Medicare and benefits. The guide covers topics ranging from drug discounts to free preventive services.
As part of its Solutions Initiative, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation compiled a document proposing a variety of solutions for America’s long-term fiscal challenges. The document contains plans which include changes in Medicare and Medicaid, the addition of a public insurance option and repealing the entire health law. These plans were developed by the American Enterprise Institute, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Center for the American Progress, the Economic Policy Institute, the Heritage Foundation and the Roosevelt Institute.
Knowing what’s in the Affordable Care Act can help you make smart health care decisions for you and your family. Some changes are happening now. Others are set to take place in 2014. Find out what’s happening in your state and what the law means for you.