Families USA, in partnership with American Academy of Family Physicians, American Benefits Council, American Federation of State, Country, and Municipal Employees, American Federation of Teachers, First Focus, and Pacific Business Group on Health, is launching Consumers First: The Alliance to Make the Health Care System Work for Everyone.
Congressional committees have advanced initial measures to address prescription drug costs. However, their work to date has not focused on the significant policy changes needed to meaningfully lower drug prices. To address the drivers of excessive prescription drug prices in the United States, the Coalition for Fair Drug Prices urges Congress to enact meaningful policies that leverage the federal government’s power to negotiate drug prices.
Advancing Health Equity through Better Evidence for Asthma Care: Translating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Learnings into Equity-Focused Policy Recommendations
Patients deserve evidence-based, high-value health care rooted in the most rigorous scientific methods. However, research practices that generate our current evidence base have historically excluded a number of communities and patient perspectives. This incomplete, and sometimes biased evidence base has limited effectiveness and applicability for diverse populations, and risks widening racial, ethnic, and other inequities.
Eight in ten Americans say the cost of prescription drugs is “unreasonable.” This is a problem driven by high launch prices and price increases, which are rooted in drug corporations’ monopoly power and perverse incentives within the pharmaceutical supply chain.
The ongoing effort to transform health care in the United States is an important opportunity to address racial, ethnic, and other health inequities directly and deliberately. A central pillar in delivery system and payment reform is promoting evidence-based care: incentivizing treatments with strong evidence of success and appropriate value, and disincentivizing those that are not supported by a strong evidence base.
The Health Equity Task Force for Delivery and Payment Transformation’s Top 19 Recommendations for 2019 and Beyond.
This report explores near-term state options for lowering insurance costs in the individual market by expanding the circle of coverage, focusing on policy approaches that are innovative, practical, and ready for adoption in 2019.
New research reveals that, among both whites and people of color, in rural and urban areas alike, working-class women are particularly likely to experience serious problems with poor health and unaffordable health care.
Financial Support for Safety Net and Small Community Providers to Participate in Delivery System Reform: Medicaid-Based Options for States.
As efforts continue to remedy the failures of our health care system by changing how providers are paid and care delivery is organized, it is imperative that achieving health equity be included in the equation. Unfortunately, health system transformation efforts have largely ignored one of our health care system’s most fundamentally wasteful and unfair problems: persistent racial, ethnic, and geographic health and health care inequities. So instead of leveraging the opportunity of health system transformation to accelerate achieving health equity and better health and health care for all, unintended consequences could actually be making inequities worse.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) added 20 million people to the ranks of the insured, comprising our country’s largest coverage expansion since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid more than 50 years ago. But millions still remain without coverage, giving states an opportunity to build on the ACA’s progress by pioneering innovative strategies to cover the remaining uninsured, often while stabilizing insurance markets and lowering premiums. In this report, we describe seven state options to achieve these goals, typically building on efforts already under way in vanguard states.