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The Rise in Health Care Coverage and Affordability Since Health Reform Took Effect

The Rise in Health Care Coverage and Affordability Since Health Reform Took Effect
Source: Commonwealth Fund

New results from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2014, indicate that the Affordable Care Act’s subsidized insurance options and consumer protections reduced the number of uninsured working-age adults from an estimated 37 million people, or 20 percent of the population, in 2010 to 29 million, or 16 percent, by the second half of 2014.

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Business And Economics

The Share of People with High Medical Costs Increased Prior to Implementation of the Affordable Care Act

The Share of People with High Medical Costs Increased Prior to Implementation of the Affordable Care Act
Source: Commonwealth Fund

The percentage of Americans who spend more than 10 percent of their family income on out-of-pocket health care expenses increased to 19.2 percent in 2011, from 18.2 percent during 2007–09.

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Business And Economics

Health care is getting more affordable -- see that on the local news, yet?

Every two years, the Commonwealth Fund surveys Americans on how difficult it is to afford medical care. The 2014 survey showed something new: for the first time in a decade, the number of Americans who say they can afford the health care they need went up.

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Politics

Three important tips for high-deductible plans

In 2014, the average person with a single-coverage, employer-sponsored plan had a $1217 deductible.1

According to a recent Commonwealth Fund study, more than 20% of insured adults ages 19-54 spend at least 5 percent of their income on out-of-pocket medical costs – not including premiums. 389 more words

Employers

States with Poor Health Care -- the bottom 13

Poor healthcare exists in the United States and there are 13 states to prove it (*).  The map at the left is from the Commonwealth Fund and it is an aggregate of many measures of healthcare quality.   154 more words

Variations In Care

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Why MassHealth matters
Earlier this month, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation released a report on the future of MassHealth Called… 248 more words

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National Trends in the Cost of Employer Health Insurance Coverage, 2003–2013

National Trends in the Cost of Employer Health Insurance Coverage, 2003–2013
Source: Commonwealth Fund

Looking at trends in private employer-based health insurance from 2003 to 2013, this issue brief finds that premiums for family coverage increased 73 percent over the past decade—faster than median family income.

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Business And Economics