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Streamlined administration, such as the use of electronic medical records, improves quality and safety while reducing costs.

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Containing Costs and Avoiding Tax Increases While Improving Quality: Affordable Coverage and High Value 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.

From Facts & Research

New Website to Provide Health Reform Information to Consumers

The Health Care and You Coalition will be launching its new consumer-focused website Tuesday, March 1, 2011. The website will be a tool for consumers to learn more about the health care law.

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CoverageInnovationQuality & SafetySimplified Administration

The Effects of Cost-Sharing on the Health of Vulnerable Populations

Health care experts have warned that cost-sharing, the share of medical costs by insurers and patients, is a deterrent for low-income patients to seeking health care services. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has published a new study entitled “Cost-sharing: Effects on Spending and Outcomes.”

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CostCoverageDelivery System ReformsDisparitiesEconomic ImpactsInsurancePolicy ImplementationSimplified AdministrationVulnerable Populations

Health Reform Advocates Push for Completion of Temporary Insurance Pool

AARP and the American Heart Association, both organizational members of National Coalition on Health Care joined with other health reform advocates to urge HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to ensure timely and effective rulemaking about the temporary high risk insurance pool. Designed for those who lack insurance due to a pre-existing condition, the high risk programs under the health reform legislation must be in place by June 21, 2010. The groups pressed HHS not only to meet the deadline but also for a transparent administrative process, uniform rules for eligibility, clearly defined rates and premium assistance for those who need it.  They also expressed concern about the states being able to meet related deadlines.  For the full text of the letter, click the link above.

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CostCoverageInsurancePolicy ImplementationSimplified AdministrationVulnerable Populations

In 2006, 5 percent of the population accounted for nearly half of total national health care expenditures.

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