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Scorecard Ranks State Health Systems & COVID-19 Response; Finds Unprecedented Rise in Preventable Deaths Nationwide

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the U.S. health care system to its limit and amplified persistent gaps among states as they grappled with the coronavirus and its emerging variants, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s 2022 Scorecard on State Health System Performance. For the first time, the scorecard, which ranks states’ health care systems based on how […]

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Eleven-Country Survey Shows Income Inequality in the U.S. and Lack of Access to Primary Care Could Threaten COVID-19 Recovery

December 10, 2020 – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the globe, new findings from the 2020 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey show that Americans with lower income face more severe health and financial hardships compared to their counterparts in other wealthy countries. The survey, published today in Health Affairs, compared the health […]

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How Health Care Works Around the World: New and Updated Profiles of Health Care Systems

June 10, 2020 – Why have some nations seemed better equipped than others to address the health needs of their people during the COVID-19 pandemic? Understanding the key features of health care systems that better position them to ensure access to care, promote equity and coordination in the delivery of services, and mobilize an effective […]

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Sara Rosenbaum: “Public Charge” Rule Affecting Immigrants Has Major Implications for Medicaid and Entire Communities

Aug. 15, 2019 – Updated since original posting in October 2018.  Sarah Rosenbaum is Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy, Milken Institute of Public Health at the George Washington University.  Earlier this week, the Trump administration published its long-anticipated final “public charge” rule, a policy change carrying enormous implications for communities across […]

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U.S. Health Care Exacerbating Struggles of Americans with Serious Illnesses, with Many Facing Financial Ruin

NEW YORK, NY, Oct. 17, 2018 – Americans who become seriously ill don’t just struggle with their disease. Often, they feel confused and helpless (62%), face the risk of financial ruin (53%), and experience serious problems with their care (61%). Those are among the key findings of a new survey released today by the Commonwealth […]

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State Health Care Scorecard Finds Surge in ‘Deaths of Despair’; Premature Deaths Also on the Rise

May 7, 2018 – Key Findings from Commonwealth Fund’s 2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performance released: ‘Deaths of despair’ surge. The combined death rate from suicide, alcohol, opioids, and other drugs increased by 50 percent from 2005 to 2016. Rates rose across all states and were up at least twofold in Delaware, Ohio, New […]

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ACA Repeal Would Devastate Rural Communities

June 27, 2017 – As elected representatives know better than most of us, many local communities are suffering. They are in the throes of an opioid abuse epidemic—the most severe public health emergency in a generation. Early death rates among middle-aged whites are on the rise for the first time in modern history. Further, good jobs […]

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Sabrina Corlette and Kevin Lucia: Selling Health Insurance Across State Lines Unlikely to Lower Costs or Improve Choice

April 5, 2017 – In the wake of the failure of the legislative effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the fate of another of the president’s health care priorities is unclear. In his first congressional address, President Trump articulated five principles for health care reform. His fifth and last called for […]

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New State Health Care Scorecard Finds Improvements in Access, Quality Nationwide Following ACA’s Major Coverage Expansions

NEW YORK, NY, March 16, 2017 – Two years after the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage expansions, fewer Americans lacked health insurance in every state and people benefitted from better quality and safer health care, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s new state health system scorecard. States that expanded Medicaid, such as Arkansas, California, Kentucky, […]

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