The Supreme Court's ruling in June to uphold the Affordable Care Act has left states with a number of decisions to make. While coverage surrounding the Court's decision was focused on the individual mandate, that mandate was part of a broader plan to ensure that every state in the nation have an operational health insurance exchange, or marketplace, by January 2014.
In the next few months, states have some things to do:
A cornerstone of health care reform is the establishment of state-level insurance exchanges where individuals and small businesses can purchase health insurance in an online marketplace. This report reviews the experience of Massachusetts in developing a health insurance exchange and offers policymakers guidance on key features and likely consumer responses.
This Issue Brief summarizes research that investigates how health care use and patterns change among the uninsured and insured once they gain Medicare coverage at age 65.
This Issue Brief summarizes research that directly measures the willingness of dental and medical providers to see publicly-insured children, using research assistants posing as mothers calling for an urgent appointment for their child.
This Issue Brief summarizes new work that validates the use of Medicare billing data as a proxy for anesthesia times, and illustrates how these data can shed light on hospital and patient characteristics that affect procedure duration and surgical quality.