Health policy discussions in Congress encapsulate dozens of complex issues, but this series of health policy briefs from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation can help make following the debate easier. These briefs provide clear, accessible overviews of timely and important health policy topics. The briefs are geared to policy-makers, congressional staffers, and others who need short, jargon-free explanations of health policy basics.
The briefs include competing arguments from various sides of a policy proposal and the relevant research supporting each perspective. Color maps and charts help tell the policy story at a glance, and often show how individual states are affected.
This brief explains the origins of these differential payments and the debate over approaches that have been proposed for developing so-called site-neutral payments.
This brief updates the July 10, 2014 brief on e-cigarettes and federal regulation and reflects the recent announcement of a merger between Reynolds American and Lorillard and its impact on the market.
E-cigarettes, virtually non-existent 10 years ago, have skyrocketed in popularity, but are currently unregulated. The FDA has started its own investigation in this hotly debated issue as it prepares regulation guidelines.
The risk corridor program has proven to be one of the more controversial aspects of the ACA with critics, including a number of Republicans in Congress, characterizing the program as an insurer bailout.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has indicated that it intends to establish October 1, 2015, as the new ICD-10 implementation date.
This policy brief updates an earlier brief from April 2013 on the multi-state plan program based on the experience of the program during the first open enrollment period.
The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), signed into law on July 9, 2012, introduced several reforms that are intended to streamline the FDA's premarketing approval process for drugs and devices.
Outraged over a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak traced back to a Framingham, Mass.–based drug compounder that left 64 people dead and more than 700 sickened, Congress passed the Compounding Quality Act in November 27, 2013.
Having stable health insurance helps people obtain the medical care they need when they need it.
Historically, health insurance covered mental health care differently than other medical care. Recent laws have begun bringing them into balance.
Health Affairs/RWJF Health Policy Briefs
Series provides clear, accessible overviews of timely and important health policy topics. The briefs are geared to policy-makers, congressional staffers, and others who need short, jargon-free explanations of health policy basics.About the series
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