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News and updates

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  • APHA Strongly Supports Congressional Efforts to Finalize Comprehensive Health Reform this Week (News release March 15, 2010)
  • Comparison of House and Senate proposals to APHA 2009 Agenda for Health Reform (Updated November 4, 2009)
  • APHA letter in support of H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act (November 4, 2009)
  • Kaiser Family Foundation side-by-side comparison of Health Reform Proposals (November 2009)
  • Families USA state-by-state analysis of the increase in uninsured working-age adults in 2009 due to rising unemployment. (October 2009)
  • Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll finds that 57% of Americans believe that tackling health reform is more important than ever, up from 53% in August, among other important public opinion findings related to health reform. (September, 2009)
  • Urban Institute report examines the lessons that can be drawn from the Federal Employees Health Benefits program to enhance and inform health care reform efforts. (August 12, 2009)
  • Harry and Louise return in support of comprehensive health reform.  You can see the ad at:  http://www.harryandlouise.org/
  • House Democrats Introduce America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009. You can view the text of the bill at: http://energycommerce.house.gov/Press_111/20090714/aahca.pdf (July 14, 2009)
  • You can view a Summary of America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 at: http://energycommerce.house.gov/Press_111/20090714/aahca.pdf
  • House Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means and Education and Labor introduce discussion draft of health reform legislation. View the discussion draft. (June 19, 2009)
  • Sen. Edward Kennedy and HELP Committee Democrats release Affordable Health Choices Act, legislation to reform the nation's health systemYou can view the legislation at: http://help.senate.gov/BAI09A84_xml.pdf (June 9, 2009)
  • Leaders of the 3 House committees with jurisdicition over health reform released a Tri-Committee Health Reform Proposal Draft that outlines the current framework and timing of health reform efforts in the House of Representatives. Read More (June 9, 2009)
  • The Kaiser Family Foundation released a package of new research that examines the policy opportunities for expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income and high-need people in ways that would enable the program to serve as a platform for larger national health reform.  Read More
  • Leaders of Major National Organizations Collaborate on Approaches to Health Reform Leaders from widely diverse national organizations today stressed their mutual commitment to reform of the nation’s health care system, calling it an "urgent, national necessity" that requires different stakeholders to cooperate in ways that they did not in previous reform efforts. The organizations, in identifying a number of policy approaches where they have reached consensus, pledged to work with lawmakers and each other to support the enactment of comprehensive reform this Congress. Read more
  • The Path to a High Performance U.S. Health System: A 2020 Vision and the Policies to Pave the Way  Prepared by the Commission on a High Performance Health System  This report presents an integrated "system" approach to change. It proposes a set of policies that would provide affordable health insurance for all, designed to support a set of payment and system reforms. In combination, the policies would provide a catalyst for an innovative delivery system capable of providing better access and improved population health while significantly slowing the growth of health spending.  Read more
  • Massachusetts’ Plan: A Failed Model for Health Care Reform  Prepared by Dr. Rachel Nardin, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, with Drs. David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler (both Associate Professors of Medicine, Harvard Medical School)  The Massachusetts Health Reform Law of 2006 expanded Medicaid coverage and made available subsidized, Medicaid-like coverage for additional poor and near-poor residents of the state. It also mandated that middle-income uninsured people either purchase private health insurance or pay a fine. The reform law has not achieved universal health insurance coverage, although half or more of the previously uninsured now have some type of insurance policy. Read more
  • Health Savings Accounts and High-Deductible Health Insurance Plans Implications for those with High Medical Costs, Low Incomes and the Uninsured by Linda J. Blumberg, Lisa Clemens-Cope. Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and high-deductible health plans are
    prominently featured in many discussions of health reform. HSA/high deductible plans shift more of the health financing burden onto those using significant amounts of care, with negative ramifications for the low-income and high-need. Read more
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launches special web section on health reform 2009. Recognizing that health reform will be a major priority as Congress and the new president get down to business, RWJF created a  new section on rwjf.org, Health Reform 2009, to provide important research and background information on the most pressing issues of the day. Read more
  • Reducing Inequities in Health and Safety through Prevention released by the Prevention Institute and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Institute for Health Policy. The paper emphasizes the need for a national commitment and elements of an agenda focused on achieving equitable health outcomes for all. Read more
  • The Wonking Room by Harold Pollack. A Health Corps! Indoor farmer's markets! And other big ideas for how Obama can use the stimulus to boost public health. Read more