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Medicare’s Value-Driven Future

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The Medicare program has an array of tools, many provided by the Affordable Care Act, for improving beneficiary care and keeping costs under control. Their purpose is to help Medicare greatly expand the proportion of its payments tied to quality or value. This issue brief is the first in our Medicare at 50 Years series to explore the key issues …

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Coverage and Financial Security Preserved for Millions of Americans in the Supreme Court Ruling for the Government

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Today the Supreme Court decided in favor of the government in the King v. Burwell case. The case had contested the legality of the Affordable Care Act’s premium subsidies in the 34 states that have federally facilitated marketplaces. In a new blog post, The Commonwealth Fund’s Sara R. Collins and David Blumenthal, M.D., say that decision means that the estimated …

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Does Medicaid Make a Difference?

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Medicaid provides health insurance to tens of millions of Americans, including many who had no coverage before the Affordable Care Act allowed states to extend eligibility for the program. But how well does Medicaid do its job? According to a new Commonwealth Fund study, 95 percent of adults who have Medicaid and were covered all year have a regular doctor, …

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Americans’ Experiences with Marketplace and Medicaid Coverage

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The latest Commonwealth Fund Affordable Care Act Tracking Survey finds the share of uninsured working-age adults was 13 percent in March–May 2015, compared with 20 percent just before the major coverage expansions went into effect. More than half of adults who currently have coverage either through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) marketplace plans or Medicaid expansion were uninsured prior to …

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How the Affordable Care Act is Changing Medicare

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In addition to expanding health insurance coverage, one of the Affordable Care Act’s goals is to improve Medicare’s benefits, care, and financial outlook. The second report in our Medicare at 50 Years series describes how the law is strengthening the program for current and future beneficiaries and outlines the major challenges that policymakers have yet to confront. Read more about …

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