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Millions of people stand to lose their Medicaid coverage once special federal pandemic rules for continuous Medicaid enrollment protection come to an end.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - September 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sara Rosenbaum Source Type: blogs

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Two new legal challenges to the ACA call into question the law’s coverage for preventive services and pose a threat to other health services, including for COVID.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - September 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Timothy S. Jost Source Type: blogs

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Although the American Rescue Plan Act has made coverage more affordable, some insurers continue to push limited, low-premium plans that leave consumers virtually uninsured.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - September 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Dania Palanker, Kevin Lucia Source Type: blogs

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Texas’s new “fetal heartbeat” law, which bans most abortions, circumvents the U.S. Constitution and endangers the health of pregnant people.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - September 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Katie Keith, Timothy S. Jost Source Type: blogs

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The Biden administration is considering a new, year-round special enrollment period that could extend affordable marketplace coverage to an estimated 1.3 million people with low incomes.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - September 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Katie Keith Source Type: blogs

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A federal judge’s ruling to uphold a change in Medicare Advantage’s star rating system could have broad implications.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - September 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Allison K. Hoffman Source Type: blogs

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Current projections put the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund only five years away from insolvency — the same estimated time frame that was projected before the pandemic.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - September 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Gretchen Jacobson, Lovisa Gustafsson Source Type: blogs

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Policymakers at state and local levels can reinforce workplace COVID-19 vaccine mandates by crafting transparent, honest, and fact-based messages.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - August 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lauren Rauh, Hannah Stuart Lathan, Katharine Fields, Reginald D. Williams II Source Type: blogs

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States’ expansions of telemedicine coverage during COVID-19 pandemic may improve access to maternity care. But will these policies be extended?        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - August 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Brenda Gleason, Laurie Zephyrin Source Type: blogs

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Federal drug-pricing reform efforts could benefit Medicaid by including provisions that lower state and federal Medicaid prescription drug spending.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - August 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Edwin Park Source Type: blogs

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New recommendations could spur manufacturers of drugs that receive accelerated approval to complete post-market confirmatory clinical trials faster.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - August 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Edwin Park Source Type: blogs

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A small number of Medigap plans offer nontraditional benefits, such as vision, dental, and hearing services.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - August 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Riaz Ali, Lesley Hellow Source Type: blogs

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More than 4,700 lives lost to COVID-19 in Florida and Texas could have been saved if those states had achieved the same vaccination rates as other states.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - August 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Pratha Sah, Seyed M. Moghadas, Alison Galvani, Eric C. Schneider, Arnav Shah Source Type: blogs

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The American Rescue Plan Act created a streamlined path to expand Medicaid postpartum coverage through what are known as state plan amendments, or SPAs.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - August 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Laurie Zephyrin, Kay Johnson, Akeiisa Coleman, Rachel Nuzum Source Type: blogs

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Despite making commitments to advance health equity, few insurers have enacted systemic policies for better serving people of color.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - August 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Katie Keith Source Type: blogs

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A new bill proposed by Senators Warnock, Ossoff, and Baldwin would establish a federal Medicaid program to help insure more low-income adults.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - August 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sara Rosenbaum, Leighton Ku, Erin Brantley, Morgan Handley, Maria Casoni Source Type: blogs

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Primary care providers could help ensure that millions of Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19 — but they need help from federal & state governments.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - August 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Corinne Lewis, Rachel Nuzum, Eric C. Schneider Source Type: blogs

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Several states have proposed or are implementing “easy enrollment” programs, which help state officials pinpoint the uninsured and streamline their path to coverage.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - August 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Rachel Schwab, Justin Giovannelli, Kevin Lucia, Sabrina Corlette Source Type: blogs

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President Biden signed an executive order to promote competition in prescription drug markets — a move aimed at lowering drug costs        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - July 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kristi Martin Source Type: blogs

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The Biden administration is working to restore standardized health plan design for ACA marketplace coverage        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - July 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Justin Giovannelli, Rachel Schwab, Kevin Lucia Source Type: blogs

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David Blumenthal draws a line from his childhood experience lining up for the polio vaccine in 1950s New York City to our present-day struggles with COVID-19.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - July 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David Blumenthal Source Type: blogs

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While Congress debates enacting a public health insurance option at the federal level, three states have enacted programs after navigating barriers.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - July 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Christine Monahan, Kevin Lucia, Justin Giovannelli Source Type: blogs

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States that expanded Medicaid have realized enormous health and economic benefits, making it unlikely they would rescind their expansions if a federal alternative is created.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - July 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sara Rosenbaum Source Type: blogs

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The CDC data show that overdose deaths climbed above 93,000, with 28 states seeing overdose deaths increase by more than 30 percent.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - July 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jesse C. Baumgartner, David C. Radley Source Type: blogs

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Starting Jan. 1, 2022, the No Surprises Act will protect consumers who inadvertently or unknowingly use out-of-network health providers, including air ambulance emergency services, from being billed for anything beyond in-network costs.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - July 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jack Hoadley, Kevin Lucia Source Type: blogs

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The Biden administration has tools at its disposal to address family planning restrictions and restore women’s access to sexual and reproductive health care.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - July 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Julian Polaris, Cindy Mann Source Type: blogs

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The new administration is proposing a clear reversal of course to once again rely on ACA plans and marketplaces to expand coverage.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - July 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Timothy S. Jost Source Type: blogs

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Thomas Rice, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, talks about various countries’ health system mechanics and approaches to adopting universal health coverage.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - June 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Reginald D. Williams II Source Type: blogs

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Timothy S. Jost reviews the latest Supreme Court ruling, which held that plaintiffs in the latest effort to dismantle the ACA lacked standing to challenge the law.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - June 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Timothy S. Jost Source Type: blogs

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Supreme Court decision to throw out latest ACA challenge leaves intact law that’s led to substantial improvements in insurance coverage and overall health system.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - June 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sara R. Collins, Gabriella N. Aboulafia Source Type: blogs

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate effect on Medicare beneficiaries and has exacerbated existing fault lines within the program.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - June 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Aimee Cicchiello, Gretchen Jacobson Source Type: blogs

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Extending ACA marketplace coverage in 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid could help insure 2.2 million low-income people in the so-called coverage gap.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - June 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sherry A. Glied, Richard G. Frank Source Type: blogs

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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is revisiting its health care accountability models.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - June 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David Blumenthal, Corinne Lewis, Melinda K. Abrams Source Type: blogs

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Sara Rosenbaum, Morgan Handley, and Rebecca Morris suggest a solution inspired by a pathway for covering legal immigrants.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - June 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sara Rosenbaum, Morgan Handley, Rebecca Morris Source Type: blogs

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Commonwealth Fund researchers note that states that previously performed well on health care access and patient engagement are seeing higher vaccination rates.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - June 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David C. Radley, Jesse C. Baumgartner, Arnav Shah, Eric C. Schneider Source Type: blogs

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Neither health care access nor education are sufficient to reduce inequities in outcomes for Black pregnant and birthing servicemembers and veterans in the U.S.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - May 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jodie G. Katon, Laurie Zephyrin Source Type: blogs

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Lovisa Gustafsson and Rachel Nuzum make the case for drug-pricing reform — specifically, allowing the federal government to negotiate drug prices.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - May 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lovisa Gustafsson, Rachel Nuzum Source Type: blogs

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Dylan Scott, senior correspondent at Vox, discusses the Pandemic Playbook, which looked at the successes and setbacks of COVID-19 strategies in six nations.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - May 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Reginald D. Williams II, Martha Hostetter, Sarah Klein Source Type: blogs

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Eliminating the family glitch would extend affordable coverage to millions of low-income working families currently uninsured or forced to pay high premiums.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - May 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Timothy S. Jost Source Type: blogs

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Aimee Cicchiello and Lovisa Gustafsson examine the weaknesses in antitrust oversight in health care consolidation.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - May 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Aimee Cicchiello, Lovisa Gustafsson Source Type: blogs

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Health law expert Timothy S. Jost and Mark Regan examine Biden’s executive orders, administrative actions, and litigation related to health care coverage.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - May 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Timothy S. Jost, Mark Regan Source Type: blogs

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The Biden administration said it would provide protections for transgender people against discrimination in health care, reversing a Trump administration policy.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - May 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Corinne Lewis, Yaphet Getachew, Mekdes Tsega, Shanoor Seervai Source Type: blogs

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Shanoor Seervai and Arnav Shah argue that an uncontrolled COVID-19 outbreak in Latin America will have a serious impact on the U.S. and the rest of the world.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - May 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shanoor Seervai, Arnav Shah Source Type: blogs

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many hardships — including disproportionate impacts on Black, Indigenous, and people of color — it has also spurred innovations in maternity care, a system that was already stressed before COVID-19 hit.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - May 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anna Kemmerer, Megan Zook, Joshua Traylor Source Type: blogs

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Justin Giovannelli discusses the ACA’s Section 1332 waiver program, which helps states stabilize health coverage premiums.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - May 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Justin Giovannelli Source Type: blogs

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Kristi Martin recaps the first 18 months of the committee’s investigation and previews the AbbVie report and hearing, which will likely focus on how the company used the patent system to block competition for two of its products.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - April 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kristi Martin Source Type: blogs

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India is in the throes of the world’s worst COVID-19 crisis. What explains the surge, and what can India — and the rest of the world — do to quell it?        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - April 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shanoor Seervai, Arnav Shah Source Type: blogs

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Sara Collins details policy changes that would increase access to affordable health coverage for millions of Americans.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - April 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sara R. Collins Source Type: blogs

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On To The Point, Jack Hoadley and Kevin Lucia of Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute examine the implications of these various mechanisms on health costs and premium trends.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - April 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jack Hoadley, Kevin Lucia Source Type: blogs

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The family glitch, which prohibits family members from enrolling in marketplace plans with lower premiums and cost sharing because one member of the family has an offer of “affordable” employer coverage, deprives millions of people of access to affordable coverage.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - April 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Christina L. Goe, Dania Palanker Source Type: blogs