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July 2009 St@teside

Resources on National Health Reform

With all the activity surrounding national health reform these days, it can be hard to keep up with the discussion of the many aspects of health reform.  Below are some resources that help to better understand the discussion:

Proposals and Health Reform Guides:

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Affordable Health Choices Act

House Tri-Committee America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (House Bill 3200)

Side-by-Side Comparison of the two Congressional authorizing committee proposals, Kaiser Focus on Health Reform

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Reform 2009

National Public Radio Prescriptions for Change


Blumberg, L. and J. Holahan.  Beyond the $1.6 Trillion Sticker Shock, The Urban Institute, July 1, 2009.

Clemans-Cope, L. et al.  Changes to the Tax-Exclusion of Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Premiums:  A Potential Source of Financing for Health Reform, The Urban Institute, June 2009.

Marr, C.  House Health Bill’s High-Income Surcharge: A Reasonable Approach, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 17, 2009.

Solomon, J.  Senate Finance Committee Faces Difficult Choices in Lowering Cost of Health Bill, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 1, 2009.

Gruber, J.  A Win-Win Approach to Financing Health Care Reform, The New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 361:4-5, July 2, 2009.

Tax Subsidies for Health Insurance, The Kaiser Family Foundation, July 2008.

Cutler, D.M. and J. Feder.  Financing Health Care Reform:  A Plan To Ensure the Cost of Reform Is Budget-Neutral, Center for American Progress, June 29, 2009.

Public Plan:

Ask the Experts:  A Public Plan Option Under Health Reform, The Kaiser Family Foundation, May 1, 2008.

Public Plan Option:  Fair Competition or a Recipe for Crowd-Out? Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth Fund, April 27, 2009.

Nichols, L. and J. M. Bertko.  A Modest Proposal for a Competing Public Health Plan, The New America Foundation, March 11, 2009.

Reich, R. B.  Why We Need a Public Health-Care Plan, The Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2009.

Mankiw, G. N.  The Pitfalls of the Public Option, The New York Times, June 27, 2009.

Holahan, J. and Linda J. Blumberg. Is the Public Plan Option a Necessary Part of Health Reform? The Urban Institute, June 26, 2009.


Ferguson, C. et al.  Medicaid:  What Any Serious Health Reform Proposal Needs to Consider, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, March 22, 2009.

Somers, S. and M. Sparer.  Medicaid:  Uniquely Prepared to Deliver on Health Care Reform, Health Affairs Blog, July 10, 2009.

Sack, K. and R. Pear.  Governors Fear Medicaid Costs in Health Plan, The New York Times, July 19, 2009.

Medicaid and Health Reform, National Governors Association, June 16, 2009.


Faulkner, D. et al.  Considering a Health Insurance Exchange:  Lessons from the Rhode Island Experience, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Coverage Initiatives Program, June 2009.

Fronstin, P. and M. N. Ross.  Addressing Health Care Market Reform Through an Insurance Exchange:  Essential Policy Components, the Public Plan Option, and Other Issues to Consider, Employee Benefit Research Institute, Issue Brief No. 330, June 2009.

Lischko, A. et al.  The Massachusetts Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector:  Structure and Functions, The Commonwealth Fund, May 2009.

Merlis, M.  A Health Insurance Exchange:  Prototypes and Design Issues, National Health Policy Forum, June 5, 2009.