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Toolkit: Emergency Preparedness in the U.S.: The Ebola Threat

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Is the U.S. prepared for a potential virulent pandemic? This new Alliance toolkit examines public health infrastructure, funding and policy levers that deal with these kinds of health crises in America.  Read More

What's New

November 19, 2014
A Brookings Institution guide by Mark McClellan, Farzad Mostashari and others provides accountable care implementation guidance for physician practices. 

Nov. 5, 2014
In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, President Obama asked for emergency FY2015 appropriations to fund a $6 billion strategy to “end ebola at its source in Africa, enhance domestic preparedness, speed the procurement and testing of vaccines and therapeutics and accelerate global capability to prevent the spread of future infectious diseases.”

October 27, 2014
The CDC has released new guidelines for monitoring and controlling the spread of Ebola.

October 21, 2014
New Kaiser Family Foundation infographic compares characteristics of Ebola to other infectious diseases.

October 22, 2014
A new Alliance for Health Reform toolkit addresses concerns about whether newly-trained physicians are adequately prepared for today's evolving health care delivery system.

October 17, 2014
CQ Roll Call has compiled a comprehensive guide to the developing Ebola situation and the congressional response. It includes

    CQ News Coverage: What Can Congress Do?
    CQ News: Overview of key players
    CRS Report: The 2014 Ebola Outbreak: International and U.S. Response
    CQ Hot Docs: Enhanced Ebola Screening to Start at Five U.S. Airports
    CQ Hot Docs: "Dear Colleague" Letters

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Recent Briefings

With the launch of the Affordable Care Act’s second open enrollment period this week, millions of people are again expected to flood marketplace websites to enroll or reenroll in health plans. At the same time, insurance commissioners are announcing draft regulations to help their states respond to an issue that was the subject of major controversy during the first round of enrollment: Some of the new health plans are offering consumers networks that exclude certain doctors, hospitals and other medical providers. Some claim that these networks hamper provider access and choice; others contend that this approach, if done the right way, helps consumers by creating competition and controlling costs, without compromising the quality of care.  Read More

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared a public health emergency due to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, which has accounted for over13,000 reported cases and 4,800 deaths. Some imported and locally acquired cases in health care workers have also been reported in the United States. As a result, concerns about the further escalation of this epidemic and how to best prepare for and contain this deadly disease exist in both the U.S. and abroad.  Read More

One day after this briefing, on November 15, the second open enrollment period begins for health plans sold in federal and state marketplaces. More than 7 million people who bought insurance for 2014 can shop around for new plans or stay where they are. Those who received federal subsidies will face a redetermination process to assess their current income and other eligibility factors. Experts estimate there may be millions of new enrollees.  Read More

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Toolkit: Replacing the SGR

An Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit summarizes the recent policy debate surrounding the decade-long problem In the last six months, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, House Ways and Means, and Senate Finance committees all put forth similar bills to repeal and reform the flawed Medicare physician payment formula. Further, with the CBO estimating the cost of repeal at $116.5, the lowest since 2006, many health policy experts are speculating that 2014 is the year that policymakers enact a permanent change to the SGR.

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The Employer Mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The Toolkit, available here, details the ACA’s employer requirements and penalty. It also includes information about the delay in the mandate to 2015, and analysis about its impact on employer-based coverage.

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