Health Insurance as Assurance: The Importance of Keeping the ACA’s Limits on Enrollee Health Costs

The GOP replacement plans are split over or unclear about whether to keep the ACA’s requirement that plans include an annual out-of-pocket expense limit and no lifetime limit on how much health coverage the plan will cover. They shouldn’t be. (more…)

The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 8

What’s the latest in health policy research? The Essential Scan, produced by the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers.

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Is Class-Based Discrimination an Obstacle to Equal Opportunity in the Labor Market?

Social class origin remains one of the most powerful determinants of success in today’s labor market.  New experimental research suggests that employers’ own class biases may be a part of the problem.

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2016 Year in Review

2016 brought many changes to the way we understand and think about issues of social and health policy and well being. Posts on The Evidence Base reflected the wide-ranging topics that were at the forefront of trends and conversations in the United States and around the world.  (more…)

Paying for an ACA replacement becomes near impossible if the law’s tax increases are repealed

The tax cuts that would be enacted if Congress models its ACA repeal on the legislation that was passed early last year through the budget reconciliation process would make it much more difficult to achieve a sustainable replacement plan that provides meaningful coverage without increasing deficits. (more…)

Can Real-Time Technologies Improve Cancer Patient Care?

The advent of low-cost, real-time monitoring technologies is allowing researchers to collect more data than ever before. A USC trial investigates whether this data can be used to improve cancer patient care by bridging the information gap between doctor’s office visits.

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Why repealing the ACA before replacing it won’t work, and what might

Republicans have offered up no shortage of ACA replacement plans, but many are still in outline form or lack critical details. This post outlines why repealing with out a replacement won’t work and what policies should be considered.  (more…)

Key takeaways from the final MACRA rule, plus remaining challenges

There are three important takeaways from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services final rule on implementation of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). 

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The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 7

What’s the latest in health policy research? The Essential Scan, produced by the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers.

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How the Department of Labor Can Help End Surprise Medical Bills

The frequency of surprise balance billing is substantial and the financial consequences can be devastating. The Department of Labor can take concrete steps to begin mitigating the problem. (more…)

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