Overcoming Barriers to Reform

    • January 13, 2009

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has funded the work of national experts to provide policy-makers, administration staff, analysts and others working toward health care reform with the information they need to answer vexing questions that are sure to arise.

Overcoming Barriers to Reform brings together research from experts at Georgetown University's O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, FRESH-Thinking, the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). Their non-partisan reports and research papers offer guidance on specific legal, administrative and financing issues that will surface in implementing any comprehensive health care reforms. RWJF supported these expert organizations in conducting this work because each is driven by pragmatism and academic rigor, not ideology. All of the research presented here involves independent evaluation of the issues that must be considered during the development of effective health care reform policy.

The work in this section concentrates on four key areas:

  • Reform models
  • Financing
  • Administrative issues
  • Legal issues

About The Grantees

FRESH-Thinking produces research on topics that will be central to comprehensive health care reform proposals. FRESH-Thinking convened a group of leading scholars, business leaders, and other experts for a thorough exploration of four themes related to health care reform: operations of the health care system; financing; legal and regulatory issues; and transition and implementation.
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Georgetown University O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Georgetown's O'Neill Institute trains leaders in health law and policy, produces innovative and significant research and fosters development of policy designed to protect and promote the health of people around the world. The Institute has produced research that identifies and discusses the complex legal issues surrounding U.S. health care reform.
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National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) promotes understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security and a vibrant economy. The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) is an independent organization dedicated to addressing America's most challenging public management issues. Together, NASI and NAPA have discussed solutions to issues related to finance, structure, measurement and management of potential health reforms.
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