Briefs & Reports

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

California Medi-Cal Waiver Options

This paper presents a range of options on different paths the state of California could take in a request to the federal government to extend its 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waiver. It is intended to be used as the beginning of a process with the State and stakeholders to discuss waiver options, rather than presenting recommendations.

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

Emergency Department Visits for Preventable Dental Conditions in California

This snapshot uses data from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) to document the extent to which uninsured and insured Californians use the emergency department for preventable dental conditions such as untreated cavities, dental abscesses, and periodontal disease. The report concludes with recommendations for developing a more comprehensive dental safety net, … Read More

Covering America: A Timely Reprise

In a new section of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website, Jack Meyer and Elliot Wicks reintroduce the Covering America project in a new essay with the hope that it will provide some timely guidance in the struggle to find a political consensus around a plan to cover the uninsured. Covering America produced 17 papers … Read More

A Plan for the Coordination of Health Care Services

In the summer of 2008, the Comer Science and Education Foundation (Foundation) engaged Health Management Associates (HMA) to develop a plan for optimizing the existing health care capacity serving vulnerable pregnant women and children on the south side of Chicago. While the vast majority of these populations are covered by public insurance programs, a variety … Read More

Chronic Disease Management: Evidence of Predictable Savings

The drive to obtain better results in caring for those with chronic illness while slowing spending growth continues to grow stronger. This study shows that carefully targeted and well-designed care management programs can improve health outcomes for people with chronic illness and save money on a predictable basis. The report identifies the key elements of … Read More

States in Action: A Bi-monthly Look at Innovations in Health Policy

States in Action is a bi-monthly newsletter that examines state-level innovations in health policy. Each issue profiles several states in short “snapshot” articles, examines a state or policy trend in detail, and provides an update on relevant federal policy.