NEJM Analyzes Public Opinion Polls on the Future of the ACA

The New England Journal of Medicine published an analysis of 27 national opinion polls by 12 survey organizations on the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) led by Robert Blendon who serves as senior associate dean for Policy Translation and Leadership Development at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  By looking at the average of recent polls, the research team offered a framework for viewing how the public as a whole saw the issues in this most recent debate.

ACA Helped Reduce Disparities in Health Insurance Coverage, Commonwealth Fund Analysis Finds

An analysis by the Commonwealth Fund "shows that the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance coverage provisions have helped the U.S. make progress toward ensuring that everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity, has access to the health care they need," says Pamela Riley, M.D.  She is the organization’s vice president for delivery system reform and a coauthor of the report.

Ending Healthcare Payments: Bursting the Balloon or Just Squeezing It?

President Trump has threatened to cancel federal health insurance payments called “cost-sharing reductions.”  He hopes this collapses the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, creating leverage for further repeal negotiations with recalcitrant Senators and Congressmen.  However, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that ending these payments would actually increase federal costs by $194 billion over ten years and cause a million people to lose health insurance next year.

CBO Report Projecting the Effects of Stopping Cost-sharing Reductions to Insurers

A report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates the effect of terminating federal payments to insurers to cover costs incurred when offering plans with reduced deductibles, copayments, and other cost sharing to some people who purchase plans through the marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

District of Columbia Health Benefits Exchange Authority Working Group Being Chaired by HPM Professor

Professor Leighton Ku is chairing a working group for the District of Columbia Health Benefits Exchange Authority that will develop proposals to safeguard and strengthen the District’s health insurance exchange in light of potential administrative or legislative threats.  He also testified to the Maryland Legislative Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission, a body that is considering similar issues in Maryland, focusing on his recent research about the possible economic consequences of ef