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Tackling the Opioid Crisis with Compassion, New Ways to Reduce Use and Treatment

We discuss how we arrived at the current opioid crisis, policies that have been tried thus far, and options to address the crisis moving forward. (more…)

Sky-High Drug Prices for Rare Diseases Show Why Orphan Drug Act Needs Reform

The Orphan Drug Act (ODA) was passed 34 years ago to promote development of drugs aimed at diseases that afflict small groups, typically under 200,000 people. However, the nature of drug development has changed. Our researchers see an opportunity for improvement. (more…)

How will the House GOP Health Care Bill Affect Individual Market Premiums?

We estimate that premiums would be around 13 percent higher under the AHCA than they are under current law, holding plan generosity and the individual market age distribution fixed at their current law levels. (more…)

The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 13

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. (more…)

House Plan to Replace Obamacare ‘has Republican DNA,’ Especially Regarding Mandate

Does the new health care bill proposed by GOP leaders on March 6 contain enough incentives to keep enough healthy people in the pool of people who desire coverage? (more…)

Expect the CBO to Estimate Large Coverage Losses from the GOP Health Care Plan

In anticipation of the official CBO estimates, this blog post draws upon prior CBO estimates and analysis to assess how they will likely expect this legislation to impact insurance coverage. 
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How Republicans and Democrats can Both Keep their Promises on Health Care

Read our four-step market-based proposal that is consistent with many of the president’s remarks on health care and, importantly, with many core Democratic principles on health care too. (more…)

The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 12

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. (more…)

Do you know what the Affordable Care Act does? Here’s a primer to help

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare,” has generated controversy from its inception. Republicans vow to repeal it. Democrats vow to defend it. Yet, unfortunately, many ordinary Americans seem not to know what it does or why some people want to reform it. (more…)

The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 11

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. (more…)

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