2/12/2014 - Young adult participation may not be as critical to the success of the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces as widely believed, according to a new Commonwealth Fund brief detailing the perspectives of a group of prominent actuaries, insurers selling plans in the marketplaces, health policy researchers, and federal officials.
1/31/2014 - States have taken substantially varying actions to implement and enforce the Affordable Care Act’s three major components designed to expand health insurance coverage and protect consumers—health insurance market reforms, health insurance marketplaces, and Medicaid expansion—according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.
1/9/2014 - Twenty-four percent of Americans who are potentially eligible for health insurance coverage had visited one of the new insurance marketplaces by the end of December to find a health plan, whether by mail, Internet, phone, or in person, a new Commonwealth Fund survey finds.
12/19/2013 - Rising medical costs were the primary driver of recent rate increases by health insurers, accounting for three-quarters or more of the larger premium hikes requested between July 2012 and June 2013, a new Commonwealth Fund study finds.
12/5/2013 - The 20 states choosing not to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act are forgoing billions of dollars in federal funds, while residents in their states are contributing to the cost of the expansions in other states, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study.
11/13/2013 - A new 11-country survey from The Commonwealth Fund finds that adults in the United States are far more likely than those in 10 other high-income industrialized nations to go without health care because of costs, have difficulty paying medical bills, and encounter time-consuming health insurance paperwork or disputes, including claims that were unexpectedly not paid.
11/4/2013 - Seventeen percent of Americans who are potentially eligible for coverage have visited new health insurance marketplaces to buy coverage, via mail, Internet, phone, or in person, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey, conducted between October 9 and 27, tracking people’s experiences with the marketplaces since the October 1 launch.
10/16/2013 - A majority (56%) of small -business owners who currently provide their employees with health benefits are interested in being able to offer a choice of health plans while paying a fixed cost, with the employee paying extra for choosing a more expensive plan, according to a new NORC study supported by The Commonwealth Fund and published today as a Health Affairs Web First.
9/30/2013 - As the key components of the Affordable Care Act roll out this week, more than three-quarters of U.S. adults are aware of the law's individual mandate, while only four of 10 are aware of the new health insurance marketplaces opening on October 1, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey.
9/18/2013 - Access to affordable health care and quality of care vary greatly for low-income people based on where they live, according to a new Commonwealth Fund scorecard.
9/5/2013 - Two of five adults who have recently been uninsured living in states that have not yet decided to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act would likely have no new affordable health insurance options if their states don’t eventually expand the program, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.
8/20/2013 - The report, Covering Young Adults Under the Affordable Care Act: The Importance of Outreach and Medicaid Expansion, dispels the notion that young adults don’t think they need health insurance. The survey of adults ages 19 to 29 found that when offered health insurance benefits through an employer, two-thirds (67%) took the coverage.
7/10/2013 - Many state-run health insurance marketplaces are poised, by 2014, to exceed federal quality-reporting requirements, offer small-business employees a choice of health plans that won’t be available in states with federally run marketplaces until 2015, and promote a seamless "one-stop shop" for consumers to enroll in coverage, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.
4/26/2013 - Eighty-four million people―nearly half of all working-age U.S. adults―went without health insurance for a time last year or had out-of-pocket costs that were so high relative to their income they were considered underinsured, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2012 Biennial Health Insurance Survey.
3/22/2013 - Health insurance companies reported spending an average of less than 1 percent of the premiums they collected from policyholders in 2011 on activities directly supporting improvement of health care quality, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study.