American Support for Health Reform Erodes a Bit; "Sin Taxes" Are Among Favorite Tax Proposals

In October 2008, about one month before the presidential election, 62% of Americans said it was “more important than ever to take on health care reform.” By July 2009, 56% of Americans agreed with that statement.Thus, more than one-half of Americans still believe in passing health reform in 2009, although the majority is somewhat eroding. […]

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Health engagement is a key driver to accessing health care

How to “widen the front door to health care?” asks PricewaterhouseCoopers in a report on alternatives to universal coverage.PwC describes the crisis of U.S. health care as having “jammed access.” Their multi-pronged solution includes getting efficient, innovating with new care models, aligning incentives, and greater teamwork among providers.PwC points to the emergency department as the […]

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A shaky foundation beneath 'rising health confidence'

4 in 5 Americans believe that it is important for President Obama to include health reform in addressing the economic crisis in the U.S., according to The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Care Consumer Confidence Index based on data gathered in June 2009.While the mass media headlines on this survey in the past 24 hours […]

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Employers like health care status quo, with more consumer-directed and evidence-based care

Notwithstanding a weak economy and global competitive pressures on U.S. business, American employers prefer a status quo scenario with a complement of wellness, chronic care management and evidence-based care combined with greater consumer-direction in the form of tax credits to buy private health insurance.Aon Consulting surveyed 1,100 employers in June 2009 and found that 93% […]

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Health care and insurance are local: a pace-of-change uninsurance report from Families USA

The news that Michigan’s unemployment rate passed 15% ushers in the next depressing phase of joblessness in America. As of mid-July 2009, 15 states have unemployment rates of 10% or higher. In the U.S., unemployment quickly leads to uninsurance. According to The Clock is Ticking: More Americans Losing Health Coverage, 44,230 more people are losing […]

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