Briefs & Reports

Medicaid Enrollment: June 2009 Data Snapshot

This analysis finds that, with the country in a deep recession, nearly 3.3 million more people were enrolled in state Medicaid programs in June 2009 compared to the previous June. It was the biggest ever one-year increase in terms of absolute numbers, and boosted the June monthly Medicaid enrollment by 7.5 percent to 46.9 million … Read More

Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Feasibility Study

HMA proposed and analyzed the feasibility of various options for delivering services currently provided by a county-owned and operated skilled nursing facility. The analysis included projecting need for long-term care in Palm Beach County, options for community-based alternatives to nursing facility care, and development of three scenarios (repair, replace, replace and change service mix) with … Read More

Race, Ethnicity & Health Care Reform: Achieving Equity In Our Lifetime

This issue brief identifies, analyzes and compares provisions that explicitly address the health and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the two Congressional health care reform proposals passed by Congress prior to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

The Medi-Cal Prescription Drug Benefit: An Overview

Medi-Cal’s pharmacy benefit is the most frequently used Medi-Cal benefit and is the fastest growing portion of the Medi-Cal budget. It is also of critical importance to elderly Medi-Cal beneficiaries. This analysis summarizes the benefit, its costs and financing, who uses it, and key policy implications.

Briefing: Getting the Most Bang for Our Post-Health Reform Buck: Enrolling and Retaining Everyone WhoÍs Eligible

One of the main goals of health reform is to increase access to health care. Frequently overlooked in this effort is finding effective and efficient mechanisms for determining eligibility and enrolling those who are eligible for existing public programs, primarily Medicaid and the the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). How can recruitment and enrollment be … Read More

Health Reform: Beyond the Bills – Discussion with HMA’s Jack Meyer

A discussion with Jack Meyer and other HMA experts of key policy and implementation issues posed by the health reform legislation being developed in Congress. At the time of this discussion, the broad parameters of likely reforms are becoming clearer, but the passage of a bill would be just the beginning of the health care … Read More

Aiming Higher for Health System Performance: A Profile of Seven States That Perform Well on The Commonwealth FundÍs 2009 State Scorecard

As a companion to The Commonwealth FundÍs 2009 State Scorecard on Health System Performance, this report profiles seven states,VT, HI, IA, MN, MA, WI, and DE, that have achieved and sustained high levels of health system performance. These states provide useful examples of state policies and practices that may be reasonably associated with health system … Read More

Building a National Insurance Exchange: Lessons from California

Over the past 15 years, California gained extensive experience in designing and operating a health insurance exchange, an effort that ultimately proved unsustainable. Drawing on interviews with individuals who played key roles in the California exchange, this analysis explores the problems faced by the California experiences and analyzes how a national exchange could be designed … Read More