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.
11/4/2013 - This Commonwealth Fund survey found that more than half of U.S. adults who are potentially eligible for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but who have not yet signed up for a plan, say they will likely try to enroll or to find out about financial help by the end of March 2014, the close of the open enrollment period.
10/16/2013 - This Commonwealth Fund-supported study in Health Affairs finds that several features of the small-businesses insurance marketplaces appeal to small-business owners, but that affordability will be a key consideration in their decision to purchase coverage from the marketplaces.
In the Literature
10/9/2013 - This issue brief reviews Affordable Care Act provisions that have the potential to benefit low- and modest-income individuals, including those that expand health insurance coverage; strengthen primary care and improve care coordination; bolster the capacity of providers serving low-income communities; and more.
9/25/2013 - Under the State Innovation Models Initiative, the federal government is providing funding and technical assistance to states that are testing new health care delivery and payment models that seek to move beyond Medicaid to achieve broader health system reform. This brief reports on states' early experiences and challenges.
9/18/2013 - Watch this interactive explainer featuring highlights from The Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance for Low-Income Populations, 2013.
9/18/2013 - The Commonwealth Fund's Scorecard on State Health System Performance for Low-Income Populations, 2013, identifies opportunities for states to improve their health systems for economically disadvantaged populations and provides state benchmarks of achievement.
9/13/2013 - The authors of this study, all 2012–13 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellows, provide an international perspective on the challenges facing the Medicaid expansion.
9/10/2013 - Early findings from a Commonwealth Fund–supported evaluation of one of the first medical home programs involving multiple payers show that participating physician practices achieved some notable improvements, including a significant reduction in emergency room visits for conditions that could have been treated in an ambulatory care setting, like a doctor’s office.
In the Literature
9/10/2013 - A Commonwealth Fund–supported study tracked the early effects of the new "medical loss ratio" regulation on the nation's insurers by examining changes in their financial performance from 2010—the year before the rule went into effect—to 2011.
In the Literature
9/5/2013 - If the states that have so far not chosen to expand Medicaid eligibility don't eventually do so, as many as two of five recently uninsured adults in those states will likely have no new affordable health insurance options next year, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study.
9/3/2013 - This Commonwealth Fund–supported study examines new tools that improve the business case for shared-savings contracts and may encourage more widespread adoption.
8/21/2013 - Data from the Commonwealth Fund Health Insurance Tracking Surveys of Young Adults, conducted in November 2011 and March 2013, suggest that as young adults (ages 19–29) gain awareness of the new coverage options available in January 2014, they will eventually enroll in large numbers.
8/15/2013 - While many in the United States will gain health insurance coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act, undocumented immigrants are one group that will not see much benefit from the law. That's because the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in the U.S. are excluded from participation in the new insurance marketplaces and state Medicaid expansions.
7/11/2013 - Consumers and small businesses in states that have chosen to run their own health insurance marketplaces―a central component of the health reform law―will likely have a greater choice of health plans, as well as more information about the quality of those plans, than residents of states with federally run marketplaces, a new Commonwealth Fund report finds.