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.
Researchers continue to study why Medicare spending per beneficiary varies significantly from one part of the country to another.
This health policy brief focuses on issues that states have had to confront in designing and operating SHOP exchanges, as well as challenges that these exchanges are likely to face in the future.
Early evidence is that the CO-OPs have proposed premium rates that are very competitive.
The ACA extends presumptive eligibility beyond children and pregnant women and expands the role of hospitals in determining eligibility presumptively.
In order to keep plans viable and affordable to everyone, insurers need healthy, relatively low-cost young adults to enroll.
The FDA intends to apply its regulatory oversight to only those mobile apps that are medical devices and whose functionality could pose a risk to a patient’s safety if the mobile app were to not function as intended."
The growth of the specialty pharmaceutical market is expected to continue for many years and payers are seeking ways to appropriately manage the growing cost associated with these pharmaceuticals.
Although not all readmissions can be prevented, research shows that there are strategies that hospitals can employ to avert many readmissions.
Trained counselors and organizations are helping consumers enroll in health plans through the Affordable Care Act new insurance marketplaces.
The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) is designed to encourage competition in the market for biologic drugs.
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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