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Health Coverage Revisited: Exploring Options for Expansion


Monday, March 19, 2007

Providing health insurance coverage to the 46 million Americans without it has been receiving more attention in recent months. Several polls have shown rising public interest in the topic. Coverage is fast becoming an issue in the 2008 presidential campaign, for both Democrats and Republicans. President Bush offered an uninsured proposal in his January State of the Union address. Bills dealing with the uninsured have been introduced by members of Congress from both parties. A number of states have also laid out ambitious coverage plans.

The approaches offered for expanding coverage have included: opening up the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP) to more people; offering tax incentives to help small businesses offer coverage to their employees, or to individuals so they can buy coverage on their own; encouraging states to innovate; mandating individual health insurance coverage; and adopting a government-sponsored health insurance system similar to Medicare.

Which proposals seem to have the most promise? How many people would gain coverage under each, and at what cost? Which are the most feasible politically? Could some proposals have unintended consequences, such as causing some of those currently insured to lose their coverage?

To discuss these and related questions, The Commonwealth Fund and the Alliance for Health Reform sponsored a March 19 luncheon briefing. Panelists included: Karen Davis of The Commonwealth Fund, Henry Aaron of the Brookings Institution, Katherine Baicker of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors and Dallas Salisbury of the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Ed Howard of the Alliance moderated the session.

CONTACT: Bill Erwin 202/789-2300

Speakers

Karen Davis, The Commonwealth Fund, Speaker
Henry Aaron, Brookings Institution, Speaker
Katherine Baicker, President's Council of Economic Advisors, Speaker
Dallas Salisbury, Employee Benefit Research Institute, Speaker
Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, Moderator

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Transcript: Health Coverage Revisited: Exploring Options for Expansion (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 3/19/2007
Full Webcast/Podcast: Webcast: Health Coverage Revisited: Exploring Options for Expansion

The transcript, full webcast and podcast for this briefing are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Speaker Presentations

Davis' Presentation: Health Coverage Revisited: Exploring Options for Expansion (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 3/15/2007
Baicker's Presentation: Health Coverage Revisited: Exploring Options for Expansion (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 3/15/2007
Aaron's Presentation: Health Coverage Revisited: Exploring Options for Expansion (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 3/15/2007
Salisbury's Presentation: Health Coverage Revisited: Exploring Options for Expansion (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 3/15/2007

(If you want to download one or more slides from these presentations, contact us at info@allhealth or click here for instructions.)

Source Materials

2007 State of the Union Policy Initiatives: Affordable, Accessible, And Flexible Health Covera (Word Document), The White House, 1/1/2007
The President's Health Insurance Proposal - A First Look (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Tax Policy Center, 1/23/2007
Making Health Care Affordable: Bush’s Bold Health Tax Reform Plan (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Heritage Foundation, 1/22/2007
Is the president’s plan dead even before arrival? (Adobe Acrobat PDF), British Medical Journal, 2/3/2007
Expanding Health Care Coverage in the United States: A Historic Agreement (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Health Coverage Coalition for the Uninsured, 1/18/2007
The Healthy Americans Act (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Sen. Ron Wyden, 12/13/2006
Health Coverage Passport: A Proposal to Cover All Americans (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Federation of American Hospitals, 2/1/2007
Characteristics of the Uninsured: Who is Eligible for Public Coverage and Who Needs Help Affor (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, 1/2/2007
Uninsured in America: Problems and Possible Solutions (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Commonwealth Fund, 1/2/2007
Why Not the Best? Results from a National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Commonwealth Fund, 9/1/2006
Point/Counterpoint (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 4/1/2006
Analysis: Bush health plan impact unclear (Word Document), United Press International, 2/9/2007
An Analysis of Leading Congressional Health Care Bills, 2005-2007: Part I, Insurance Coverage (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Commonwealth Fund, 3/19/2007
Early Experience With High-Deductible and Consumer-Driven Health Plans- 2nd Annual EBRI/Commonw (Word Document), EBRI, 12/1/2006
State Strategies to Expand Health Insurance Coverage: Trends and Lessons for Policymakers (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Commonwealth Fund, 1/1/2007
The Uninsured and Their Access to Healthcare (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, 10/1/2006
Massachusetts Health Care Reform Plan (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, 4/1/2007
Vermont Health Care Reform Five-Year Implementation Plan (Adobe Acrobat PDF), State of Vermont Agency of Administration, 12/1/2006
Employment-Based Health Benefits: Access and Coverage, 1988-2005 (Word Document), EBRI, 3/1/2007
Without Health Benefits, a Good Life Turns (Word Document), The New York Times, 3/6/2007
Most Support U.S. Guarantee of Health Care (Word Document), The New York Times, 3/2/2007
Chapter 1 - The Uninsured (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 3/1/2006
Federal Leadership Needed to Support State Coverage Initiatives (Word Document), The Commonwealth Fund, 3/13/2007
Briefing Agenda: Health Coverage Revisited: (Word Document), Alliance for Health Reform, 3/19/2007
Sourcelist: Health Coverage Revisited (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 3/19/2007
Speaker Biographies: Health Coverage Revisited (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 3/19/2007
Health Care Already a Key Issue in 2008 (Word Document), The Washington Post, 3/6/2007
Excerpted Governor's State of the State Addresses 2007 (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Pew Charitable Trusts, 3/9/2007

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

The 2007 State of the Union Address: The President's Health Insurance Proposal Is Not a Solutio, The Commonwealth Fund, 1/24/2007
The Divided We Fail Platform, AARP, 1/1/2007
Jim Douglas, Governor of Vermont, Governor Signs Comprehensive Health Care Reform Legislation, Office of the Governor of Vermont, 5/25/2006
Health Care Reform Fact Sheet, Office of the Governor of the State of California, 1/1/2007
Uninsurance by Reforming Health Insurance in the Small-Business Sector, Executive Summary, The Heritage Foundation, 1/1/2007

Photos

Karen Davis, president of The Commonwealth Fund -- speaker at the March 19th briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

Henry Aaron, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute -- speaker at the March 19th briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

Katherine Baicker, of the president's Council of Economic Advisors -- speaker at the March 19th briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

Sara Collins, assistant vice president for Programs on the Future of Health Insurance at The Commonwealth Fund -- speaker at the March 19th briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

Dallas Salisbury, president and CEO of EBRI -- speaker at the March 19th briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

 

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