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Health Affairs Web First: Are Marketplace Enrollees Sicker Than Those With Employer-Sponsored Insurance?

To date little is known about the health status of the 7.3 million Americans who signed up for health insurance through either federal- or state-run exchanges created by the ACA. One effective way to gain information is to examine their use of prescription drugs.

Competitive Harm From State Licensing Boards: First North Carolina Dentists, Now Texas Physicians

On May 22, a federal judge heard arguments on whether a Texas Medical Board rule falls under a Supreme Court decision subjecting professional licensing boards with a majority of members from the regulated profession to antitrust lawsuits unless they are “actively supervised” by the state itself.

The Post-Launch Problem: The Affordable Care Act’s Persistently High Administrative Costs

The roughly $6 billion in exchange start-up costs pale in comparison to the ongoing insurance overhead that the ACA has added to our health care system -- more than a quarter of a trillion dollars through 2022.

Health Affairs Event: The Medi-Cal Waiver: Perspectives On Promoting Health System Improvement In California

With support from Blue Shield of California Foundation and California HealthCare Foundation, the editors of Health Affairs invite you to join us for an important briefing on Thursday, June 11, in Sacramento.

May 26, 2015 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

The Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, And Pharmacist Pipelines: Continued Growth

Updated numbers show continued growth in the pipeline of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and pharmacists. If these practitioners are fully integrated into the delivery system, this growth can help assure access to cost-effective care.

Implementing Health Reform: Court Won't Rehear Challenge To Contraceptive Coverage Accommodation (May 26 Cost-Sharing Update)

The DC Court of Appeals has denied a full-court rehearing of a panel decision on contraceptive coverage under the ACA. The panel had refused to enjoin the latest federal rule accommodating the objections of religious organizations to providing employee contraceptive coverage without cost sharing.

May 23, 2015 | Following the ACA

Request For Abstracts: Health Affairs Theme Issue On Vaccines

Health Affairs is planning a thematic issue on global progress and remaining challenges in achieving the goals of the Decade of Vaccines, the international effort to expand vaccine coverage to all children by 2020. We invite submission of abstracts for consideration for the issue by June 8, 2015.

New Health Policy Brief: Antibiotic Resistance

A new policy brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation describes the repercussions of antibiotic resistance: when drugs have declining, limited, or no effectiveness in combatting certain bacterial infections.

How State Right-To-Try Laws Create False Expectations

Although these laws have created an expectation that terminally ill patients will be able to quickly access potentially life-saving treatments by being exempted from the rules of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this expectation is, quite simply, false.

A Foundation Delves into Health Care Price Transparency

A foundation convened more than sixty Kentucky leaders in government, business, policy, and health care for a facilitated discussion about price transparency. Speakers were from the National Academy for State Health Policy, Consumers Union, Catalyst for Payment Reform, and other organizations...