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Study Illustrates Continuing Decline of Insurance Coverage

A study prepared for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center at the University of Minnesota breaks down the trends in insurance coverage for Americans between 2000 and 2008. Overall, the data suggests that the number of uninsured has declined while the average total premium cost for insurance coverage has increased significantly. To read the full report, click here.

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CostCoverageEconomic ImpactsInsuranceTrends

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Develops Interactive Tool to Track Smoking-Related Trends

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has developed an interactive map which contains a variety of information related to smoking and tobacco regulations. To use the map, simply click on the state and topic area you want to learn more about. To access the map, click here.

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Prevention & Wellness

UCLA Study Finds Significant Increase in California Uninsured Rate

According to a new study released by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, the number of uninsured Californians increased by nearly two million people between 2007 and 2009, leaving more than eight million Californians without insurance. The study concludes that nearly one-quarter of California’s population – or one in four people – are without health insurance. To read the full policy brief, click here.

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CoverageDisparitiesInsuranceQuality & SafetyTrends

Center for American Progress Researcher Highlights Fiscal Benefits of Health Reform

Judy Feder of the Center for American Progress writes that the current health reform bill will succeed in controlling and slowing the rate of health care cost growth. She points out that while the bill accomplishes many advances toward a more efficient and sustainable health care system, “effective cost containment is key”. To read the full article, click here.

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CostPolicy Implementation

New CBO Cost Estimate of Health Reform Bill Contains Few Changes

In a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that the health reform package does not substantially differ from the prior analysis completed in December 2009. They project that the bill as passed by the Senate would yield a $118 billion net reduction in federal deficits over the next decade, compared to a net reduction of $132 billion projected by their previous estimate. (Click here to access the report.)

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Economic Impacts

President Obama Calls for Completion of Health Reform

In released excerpts of his speech later today, President Obama reiterates the need for Congress to complete their work on health reform legislation, which he looks forward to signing into law. The President highlights the contributions of both Democrats and Republicans, as well as the symbolic nature of passing health care reform. He says, “At stake right now is not just our ability to solve this problem, but our ability to solve any problem.” To read the full set of excerpts, click here.

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CostCoverageDelivery System ReformsDisparitiesDrug and Device Cost ContainmentEconomic ImpactsFinancingHealth ITInnovationInsurancePolicy ImplementationPrevention & WellnessQuality & SafetySimplified AdministrationVulnerable PopulationsWorkforce Reforms / Human Capital

Modest and Uneven: Physician Efforts to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities

This national study by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) identifies how U.S. physicians try to overcome barriers such as language and cultural communication.

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DisparitiesVulnerable Populations

Researchers study the effect of authorized generics on innovation and market competition

A report released by the Congressional Research Service highlights the potential impact of authorized generics on innovation and market competition. The issue of authorized generics, or the practice of having pharmaceuticals marketed by brand-name drug companies under generic names, has garnered mixed responses regarding its potential impacts. This report reviews the work of previous commentators and offers its own observations in light of recent legislative proposals and judicial decisions. To view a copy of this report, click here.

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Drug and Device Cost ContainmentEconomic ImpactsInnovation

New report on uninsured reveals 13 million young adults without insurance in 2008

According to a recent report based on the National Health Interview Survey, almost 13 million young adults, or one third of those between the ages of 20-29 years, did not have health insurance in 2008. A copy of this report may be viewed here (link to report) and a fact sheet related to young adults and health reform may be viewed here.

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CostCoverageDisparitiesInsurancePrevention & WellnessQuality & SafetyTrendsVulnerable Populations

GAO 2008 Survey Results on the Number and Market Share of Carriers in the Small Group Health Insurance Market

Letter to Senators Snowe, Bond, Durbin, and Lincoln discusses the results of a 2008 private health insurance survey. The survey covers the competitiveness of the small group health insurance market in each state and the District of Columbia.

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