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The cost of health insurance premiums negatively impacts individual families, businesses, unions, and all levels of government.

From Rx for Reform

How to Ensure America Takes Its Medicine

In response to a question posted on the National Journal’s Health Care Expert Blog, Ralph Neas, President and CEO of the NCHC Action Fund, discussed the need to hold Congress and stakeholders accountable for curtailing the growth rate of national health care expenditures.

An Insurance Policy for Health Care Reform

NCHC Action Fund President and CEO, Ralph G. Neas, calls for an insurance policy for health care reform. 

Noting that last spring, leaders of the health care industry, including representatives from PhARMA, America’s Health Insurance Plans, the American Medical Association and American Hospital Association, met with President Obama and pledged to him and the American people that they would decrease the annual rate of cost increases by 1.5 percentage points to save $2 trillion or more over the next decade. Neas said the commitment that industry leaders made to the President and the American public “should be more than a photo op, press statement and promise.” Citing Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus’ piece about legislative cost containment efforts and needing a fail-safe mechanism to ensure that the rate of health care inflation is slowed, Neas urged that industry pledges to the President and the American people to control the growth of national health expenditures be codified and made enforceable as part of health reform.

 “Only enactment of a “failsafe” amendment will provide the American people with an insurance policy that health care reform will lower premiums and make quality care and coverage affordable for all,” he said.

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

A Compendium of Federal Budget and Cost Cutting Proposals from the Health Policy Perspective

In response to the recent deficit and health care debates, NCHC has developed a Compendium of Federal Budget and Cost Cutting Proposals from the Health Policy Perspective. The Compendium, which highlights health related budget and/or deficit reduction proposals, is a quick guide to the current policy debates on the Hill and in the media.

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CostEconomic ImpactsFinancing

Plans to Improve Health Care’s Fiscal Challenges

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.

Issue Area(s):

CostCoverageDelivery System ReformsEconomic Impacts

Children Lack Access to Dental Care, A Key Preventive Service

The Pew Charitable Trusts has released a report entitled Two Kinds of Dental Shortages Fuel One Major Access Problem. The report underlines the lack of access children have to basic, preventive, dental care.

Issue Area(s):

CostCoverageEconomic ImpactsInnovationPolicy ImplementationPrevention & WellnessVulnerable Populations

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