Expert Commentary on Medicaid Work Requirements and the Kentucky Decision

In blogs in Health Affairs and the Commonwealth Fund and an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, as well as quoted comments in other news media, legal scholar and public health expert Sara Rosenbaum of the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health offered insights into the intent behind and impacts of the Trump administration’s approval of plans by Kentucky and other states requiring low-inco

Blogs and Reports by Milken Institute Researchers Underscore the Importance of Continuing Support for CHIP and Community Health Centers

Even as debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act extended into September and ultimately reached what may prove to be a temporary lull, researchers at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health have focused on two critical programs reaching medically underserved and vulnerable populations: the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and federally funded community health centers.  Financial support for both ended on Sept. 30, but the Senate will consider a five-year funding extension this week.  

May You Live in Interesting Times: The Challenges of Health Policy Analysis in a Turbulent Period

A purported Chinese curse -- “May you live in interesting times” -- seems apt for this current chaotic period of American public policy.  (It appears that the quote does not actually have Chinese origins and was simply coined by an English politician in the 1930s to sound sagacious.)  As a student (and teacher) of health policy, there is no question that the past year, during which Congress and President Trump tried repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), had high political drama, with fingernail-biting day by day acti

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.

Commonwealth Fund Survey Documents ACA's Role in Helping Women

Between 2010 and 2016, the number of U.S. women without health insurance dropped nearly in half from 19 million to 11 million—or 20% to 11% of the population—according to a recent analysis of Commonwealth Fund’s Biennial Health Insurance Surveys.  The surveys also show that women ages 19 to 64 who shopped for new coverage on their own found it significantly easier to find affordable plans in 2016 compared to 2010.