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ACA 101: What You Need to Know

Briefing Friday, March 06, 2015

This session will be especially helpful to congressional staff members new to the issue, but it will also be a useful review for anyone dealing with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The briefing takes place just as the second marketplace enrollment period ends and the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case challenging the law’s subsidies. Read More

Upcoming Briefings

Wednesday, March 11, 2015: Chronic Care Management: Is Medicare Advantage Leading the Way?

Efforts are underway throughout the Medicare program to better manage beneficiaries’ chronic conditions, with the goal of improving quality and lowering the costs of care. With an estimated 31 million Medicare beneficiaries suffering from a chronic condition such as cardiovascular disorders, diabetes and cancer, many still do not receive the coordinated services they need to manage their chronic conditions, and beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions incur higher-than-average spending. However, traditional fee-for-service Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and newer models such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) differ in the tools and methods available to manage chronic care. This session will explore questions such as: how do incentives and payment structures in traditional fee-for-service Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and newer delivery system models affect chronic care management for Medicare beneficiaries? What should people with chronic conditions consider when they decide on their Medicare coverage? Will scheduled payment reductions to Medicare Advantage jeopardize or incentivize improvements in care coordination?   Info & Registration 

Friday, March 20, 2015: Medicaid 101: What You Need to Know

With some states grappling over whether to expand Medicaid, and Congress facing big decisions about the future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), this briefing will review the basics about both programs and discuss current issues.   Info & Registration 

Friday, March 27, 2015: Medicare 101: What You Need to Know

Medicare provides health insurance coverage to 54 million people aged 65 and over and younger people with permanent disabilities. In 2013, Medicare spending accounted for 14 percent of the federal budget.   Info & Registration 

What's New

Save the Date for Upcoming Briefings:
March 6, 2015: ACA 101
March 11, 2015: Medicare Advantage
March 20, 2015: Medicaid 101
March 27, 2015: Medicare 101
April 1, 2015: Health Care Costs 101

January 2015
Employer-sponsored insurance has been declining since the 2008-09 recession, according to a new report from the State Health Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at the University of Minnesota, a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The number of people getting insurance from their employer has been declining for nearly a decade, the study finds.

January 2015
Toolkit: Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy- Do Consumers Know What they are Buying?
A new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit addresses the extent and significance of both health literacy and health insurance literacy for Americans buying and using health insurance.

Toolkit: Preparing the Nursing Workforce for a Changing Health System- The Role Of Graduate Nursing Education
This new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit provides background for policymakers on today's nursing workforce and expert views on how nursing education and training should evolve to meet the needs of a changing health system.

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Recent Briefings

The nursing profession, with nearly 3 million licensed and practicing nurses in the U.S., comprises the largest segment of the nation’s health care workforce. There is consensus among experts that nursing education should be modernized to train a greater percentage of nurses at the graduate level and provide the skills nurses need as today’s health care delivery system continues to evolve towards more team-based, data-driven, and coordinated care. What does the nursing workforce look like now, and how does it need to change to meet current and future health needs in the U.S.? How are nursing education and training currently financed? What is the role of federal policy in training a 21st century nursing workforce? How does the nursing workforce fit into today’s primary care workforce and the evolving health care delivery system?  Read More

With the ACA’s second enrollment period underway, health plans are increasingly offering consumers networks that exclude certain doctors, hospitals and other medical providers. Several court cases against insurers are now pending in California. 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

GNE Preparation for Team-Based Care

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Mike Leavitt Video: Consolidation and Control-The Evolving Health Care System

Mike Leavitt, chairman of Leavitt Partners and former HHS secretary, addresses the aggressive repositioning of players in the evolving health care system in a new Alliance for Health Reform video.

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

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.

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