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Prescription Drug Coupons: A One-Size-Fits-All Policy Approach Doesn’t Fit The Evidence

Critics of prescription drug copayment coupons contend that they force insurers to cover more expensive brand drugs and cause overall costs to rise. The counterpoint is notes that with rising drug copayments, coupons reduce patients’ out-of-pocket costs and provide access to needed therapies. The truth is more complex.  (more…)

How Pre-Ordering Groceries can Help You Stick to your New Year’s Resolution

We conducted a research study with a local grocery store to learn about customer food choices. We found that pre-ordering foods in advance increased the healthfulness of food purchased.

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Providing Evidence of Value as well as Fiscal Impact is Necessary for Healthcare Technology Adoption

Healthcare policymakers need to understand not only the value of a new technology but how much it will cost the health system. A new framework provides clearer guidance for assessing the quality of budget impact analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis. (more…)

The Tension Between Traditional and Western Medicine

The tension between traditional and Western medical approaches may have large implications for global health. An evaluation of a hygiene information campaign in rural Pakistan shows that while people with weak traditional medical beliefs responded strongly to the program, people with strong beliefs did not. 

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Like the AHCA, the Senate’s Health Care Bill Could Weaken ACA Protections Against Catastrophic Costs

Schaeffer Initiative Senior Fellow Matthew Fielder analyzes the potential effects of the Senate’s health care bill on essential health benefits and ACA protections against catastrophic costs. 

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New Changes to Essential Benefits in the GOP Health Bill Could Jeopardize Protections Against Catastrophic Costs, Even for People with Job-Based Coverage

Weakening essential health benefit standards could also have important negative consequences for the coverage offered by employers of all sizes because it would weaken the ACA’s guarantee of protection against catastrophic costs. (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…)

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…)

Encouraging Healthy Eating Among Children: It Turns Out We Just Have to Ask.

An RCT found that verbal prompts in the school lunch-line are an effective way to improve child food choice and consumption. Schools, teachers and cafeteria workers could adopt such strategies to improve children’s food choice and health.

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Stopping Surprise Medical Bills: Federal Action is Needed

More than a dozen states have enacted various protective measures to protect patients from surprise medical bills. This post outlines why federal action is needed and recommendations on how to move forward. (more…)

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