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AAFP - Center for Health Information Technology -

AAP - Bright Futures -

AARP - Drug Benefit Calculator -

AARP - Medicare RX -

AARP - Public Policy Institute -

AcademyHealth -

Access to Benefits Coalition -

AdvaMed -

Advancing Independence: Modernizing Medicare and Medicaid (AIMMM) -

Aetna -


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality -

AHA Quality Center -

AHLA- American Health Lawyers Association -

AHRQ - Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness -

AHRQ - Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics -

AHRQ - Effective Health Care -

Alliance of Community Health Plans -

Alzheimer’s Association -

America’s Health Insurance Plans -

America’s HealthTogether -

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry -

American Academy of Family Physicians -

American Academy of Nursing -

American Academy of Pediatrics -

American Association for Homes and Services for the Aging -

American Association of People with Disabilities -

American College of Physicians -

American Diabetes Association -

American Enterprise Insititute -

American Health Care Association -

American Hospital Association -

American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association -

American Medical Association -

American Medical Informatics Association -

American Network of Community Options and Resources -

American Nurses Association -

American Pharmacists Association -

American Psychiatric Association -

American Psychological Association -

American Public Health Association -

American Red Cross -

American Society of Addiction Medicine -

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists -

American Society on Aging - Medicare -

America's Promise -

Annie E. Casey Foundation -

Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum -

Asian Health Services -

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs -

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials -

AstraZeneca -

Avalere Health -

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law -

Biotechnology Industry Organization -

Black Women's Health Imperative -

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association -

Boston University School of Management -

Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management -

Bridges to Excellence -

California Department of Health Services -

California HealthCare Foundation -

California Institute for Mental Health -

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids -

Canadian Agency for Drugs & Technologies in Health (CADTH) -

Cap Med -

CareGroup Health System -

Catholic Health Association -

Cato Institute -

CDC - Emergency Preparedness and Response -

CDC - National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion -

Center for Health Care Strategies -

Center for Health Program Development and Management -

Center for Health Transformation -

Center for Home Care Policy and Research -

Center for Law and the Public's Health -

Center for Long-Term Care Reform -

Center for Medical Consumers -

Center for Medicare Advocacy -

Center for Studying Health System Change -

Center for the Advancement of Children’s Mental Health -

Center for the Study of Bioterrorism -

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities -

Center on Drugs and Public Policy, University of Maryland -

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services -

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Resources for Partners -

Child Welfare League of America -

Child Health Insurance Research Initiative -

Children's Defense Fund -

Citizen's Health Care Working Group -

Coalition for Affordable Health Coverage -

Columbia University - National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse -

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health -

Commonwealth Fund, The -

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation -

Congressional Budget Office -

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities -

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs -

Consumers for Health Care Choice -

Consumers Union -

Council for Affordable Health Insurance -

Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare -

Council of Economic Advisors -

Cover the Uninsured Week -

Covering Kids and Families -

Dartmouth College Dept. of Economics -

Denver Health -

Department of Health and Human Services -

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance -

Disabled American Veterans -

Divided We Fail coalition -

Drug Effectiveness Review Project -

Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured -

eHealth Initiative and Foundation -

Eli Lilly -

Emory University - Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center -

Employee Benefit Research Institute -

Evercare -

Faces & Voices of Recovery -

Families USA -

Families USA - Medicare Drug Coverage Center -

Federal Emergency Management Agency -

Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program -

Federal Trade Commission -

Federation of American Hospitals -

Florida Department of Health -

Food and Drug Administration -

Galen Institute -

Generic Pharmaceutical Association -

George Washington University - Center for Health Services Research and Policy -

George Washington University - Institute for Crisis, Disaster & Risk Management -

George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services -

Georgetown University - Center for Children and Families -

Georgetown University - Center on an Aging Society -

Georgetown University - Health Policy Institute -

Georgetown University - Long-Term Care Financing Project -

Georgetown University - National Center for Cultural Competence -

Georgetown University Medical Center -

Georgia State University Dept. of Risk Management & Insurance -

GlaxoSmithKline -

Government Accountability Office -

Group Health Cooperative -

Harvard Medical School -

Harvard Medical School, Department of Health Care Policy -

Harvard School of Public Health Dept. of Health Policy and Management -

Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government -

Health Affairs -

Health Care for All -

Health Coalition for the Uninsured -

Health Management Associates -

Health Policy Alternatives, Inc. -

Health Policy and Strategy Associates -

Health Policy R & D -

Health Research & Educational Trust -

Health Systems Strengthening in Latin America and the Caribbean -

Health Tech Strategies, LLC -

Healthcare Financial Management Association -

Healthcare Leadership Council -

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center -

Heritage Foundation -

HHS - Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy -

HHS - Insure Kids Now -

HHS - Site for People with Medicare -

HHS- Administration on Aging -

Humana -

IMS Health -

Institute for Health Policy Solutions -

Institute for Healthcare Improvement -

Institute of Medicine -

Issues Research, Inc. -

Jennings Policy Strategies -

John Hopkins University School of Nursing -

Johns Hopkins University - Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies -

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health -

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies -

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations -

Judge Baker Children's Center -

Kaiser Family Foundation -

Kaiser Family Foundation - Drug Benefit Calculator -

Kaiser Family Foundation - Election news & analysis -

Kaiser Family Foundation - HIV/AIDS -

Kaiser Family Foundation - Medicare Rx Drug Benefit -

Kaiser Family Foundation - Prescription Drugs -

Kaiser Family Foundation - State Health Facts -

Kaiser Permanente -

Latin American Health Institute -

LifePlans, Inc -

Maine Governor’s Office for Health Policy and Finance -

Markle Foundation -

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene -

Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services -

Massachusetts General Hospital - Institute for Health Policy -

Maternal & Child Health Policy Research Center -

Mathematica Policy Research -

Medco Health Solutions -

Medicaid Health Plans of America -

Medicare Payment and Advisory Council -

Medicare Rights Center -

Medicare Rx Education Network -

Medicare Rx Outreach -

Medicare Today -

Medstat -

Merck and Company -

Metropolitan Life Insurance -

Milbank Memorial Fund -

Morehouse School of Medicine - National Center for Primary Care -

My Senior Care -

N.C. Rural Health Research & Policy Analysis Center -

NAACP Division of Health Advocacy -

National Academy for State Health Policy -

National Academy of Sciences -

National Academy of Social Insurance -

National Alliance for Hispanic Health -

National Alliance for the Health Information Technology -

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) -

National Association for Home Care and Hospice -

National Association of State Medicaid Directors -

National Association of Chain Drug Stores -

National Association of Children's Hospitals -

National Association of Community Health Centers -

National Association of County and City Health Officials -

National Association of Health Underwriters -

National Association of Insurance Commissioners -

National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems -

National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems -

National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse Directors -

National Association of State Budget Officers -

National Association of State Medicaid Directors -

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors -

National Association of State Units on Aging -

National Black Caucus of State Legislators -

National Black Child Development Institute -

National Black Nurses Association -

National Cancer Institute - Surveillance, Epidemiology & End Results -

National Care Planning Council - Long Term Care Link -

National Center for Assisted Living -

National Center for Patient Safety, VA -

National Center for Policy Analysis -

National Center on Caregiving, Family Caregivers Alliance -

National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities -

National Coalition on Health Care -

National Committee for Quality Assurance -

National Committee for Quality Health Care -

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare -

National Conference of State Legislatures -

National Council on Aging -

National Council on Disability -

National Diabetes Education Program -

National Disability Rights Network -

National Disaster Medical System, DHS -

National Governors Association -

National Guideline Clearinghouse -

National Health Law Program -

National Health Policy Forum -

National Hispanic Medical Association -

National Immigration Law Center -

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), UK -

National Institute for Health Care Management -

National Institute of Mental Health -

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism -

National Medical Association -

National Mental Health Association -

National Mental Health Information Center, SAMHSA -

National Minority AIDS Council -

National Minority Health Month Foundation -

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) -

National PACE Association -

National Partnership for Women and Families -

National Patient Safety Foundation -

National Quality Forum -

National Senior Citizens Law Center -

National Vaccine Information Center -

National Women's Health Information Center -

National Women's Law Center -

NCOA - BenefitsCheckUpRx -

Nemours -

New America Foundation -

New York State Department of Health -

NIH - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases -

Office of Homeland Security -

Office of Minority Health, HHS -

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) -

Office of the Surgeon General -

Open CRS -

Oregon Health Forum -

PacifiCare Health Systems -

Pan American Health Organization -

Partners HealthCare -

Patient Safety Institute -

Penn State University - Center for Health Care and Policy Research -

Pennsylvania Department of Aging -

Pew Center on the States -

Pfizer -

Pharmaceutical Care Management Association -

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) - -

Physicians for Human Rights -

Premier -

Project HOPE -

Public Health Informatics Institute -

RAND Corporation -

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -

RTI International -

Rutgers Center for State Health Policy -

SAMHSA - Center for Mental Health Services -

SAMHSA - National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information -

Save The Safety Net Campaign -

Schering-Plough -

Service Employees International Union -

SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) - Contacts -

Social Security Administration -

State Coverage Initiatives -

Stimson Center - The Chemical & Biological Weapons Nonproliferation and Response Project -

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration -

Technical Assistance Collaborative -

Texas A&M University - Private Enterprise Research Center -

The Brookings Institution -

The Campaign for Mental Health Reform -

The Children's Partnership -

The Council of State Governments -

The Disability Policy Collaboration (The Arc of the United States/United Cerebral Palsy) -

The ERISA Industry Committee -

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization -

The Health Strategies Group -

The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research -

The LeapFrog Group -

The Lewin Group -

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care (formerly National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform) -

The National Institute of Health Policy -

The National Vaccine Program Office -

The Packard Foundation -

Treatment Research Institute -

Trust for America’s Health -

Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development -

U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases -

U.S. Dept. of Defense - Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical -

U.S. Pharmacopeia -

United Health Foundation -

Univ. of Texas School of Public Health -

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dept. of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine -

University of Minnesota - Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy -

University of Minnesota - Prime Institute -

University of Minnesota School of Public Health -

University of North Dakota - Center for Rural Health -

University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business -

University of Pittsburgh - Center for Biosecurity -

Urban Institute -

US Census Bureau -

US Census Bureau - Health Insurance Data -

Vaccine Research Center, NIH -

Vanderbilt Center for Better Health -

Virginia Department of Health -

Voices for America's Children -



Briefing for Reporters on State Health Initiatives

A governor met with reporters Friday, February 19 to discuss the latest health care innovations and changes they are pursuing or implementing. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark., discussed his experience with the state's program to move newly eligible Medicaid beneficiaries to qualified health plans, and his intentions for changes moving forward.

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Health Care Consolidation: What You Need to Know

A recent whirlwind of mergers and acquisitions has thrown health care industry consolidation into the spotlight. In 2014 alone, there were 1,299 mergers and acquisitions in the health care sector at a value of $387 billion, a new record. In this roundtable for reporters, featuring a top FTC official and two experts, panelists discussed the drivers behind this recent trend; the scope and extent of consolidation among doctors, hospitals and insurers; implications for consumers and other stakeholders; and the roles of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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New Toolkit on Health Care Consolidation

There were 1,299 mergers and acquisitions in the health care sector in 2014 at a value of $387 billion, both record highs. A new Alliance for Health Reform toolkit, “Health Care Consolidation,” looks at the drivers behind this trend, as well as implications for key players in the health care system and regulatory issues surrounding the issue.  Critics argue that consolidation could have a harmful impact on consumers, including higher costs, while others say some amount of activity is necessary to reshape the health care industry following changes implemented by the Affordable Care Act.

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What Tools do Patients Need? Video

What is the key to creating a more consumer-friendly and patient-centered health care system? Leading experts address challenges and potential solutions in a new Alliance video featuring Benjamin Moulton of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, Robin Gelburd of FAIR Health, and Tim Skeen Anthem.

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Video from Reporter Roundtable on Open Enrollment III

On October 5, speakers at a reporter roundtable held at the National Press Club on open enrollment III provided the latest information about premium trends and drivers, health plan availability and new comparison tools for consumers to use in choosing health plans. They discussed trends in the role of navigators and brokers, and increasing consumer expectations, particularly around the ease of the process.

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Toolkit on Connection Between Health and Housing

A new Alliance toolkit, “The Connection between Health and Housing: The Evidence and Policy Landscape,” provides a detailed look into federal, state and local initiatives, as well as cost implications for health and housing programs.

Attempts to tie health and housing policy are gaining momentum, amid evidence that housing, a social determinant of health, is an important factor in the health status of various populations. More than 610,000 people experience homelessness in the U.S., and over 250,000 individuals within that population have a severe mental illness or a chronic substance use disorder, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Toolkit on Biosimilars

The Alliance for Health Reform has released a new toolkit, “Biosimilars: Unpacking Complex Issues.”

The Affordable Care Act created an expedited licensure pathway for biosimilars, and, in March 2015, the U.S. approved the first biosimilar, leaving policy makers, regulators, providers and stakeholders to grapple with regulatory and financial questions.

Biosimilars are similar – but not identical – to biologic drugs, and cost less. Unlike traditional pharmaceuticals, biologic drugs are derived from living organisms and tissues, making them more complex and expensive to produce.

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Experts Discuss Workplace Wellness Programs

In a new interview video, Karen Pollitz, senior fellow, private insurance and health reforms, The Kaiser Family Foundation and Dan Newton, vice president, product/solutions development and behavior economics, Anthem Care Management discuss the impact of workplace wellness programs. They address questions about regulations and program design and analyze the scope of wellness programs.

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Toolkit on Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS)

The aging of the baby boomers and the increase in the number of old-old persons (those 85 and older) are predictors for the increasing need for long-term services and supports (LTSS). Among persons age 65 and over, an estimated 70 percent will use LTSS. A new Alliance for Health Reform toolkit, “Long-Term Services and Supports: Changes and Challenges in Financing and Delivery,” provides a background on LTSS and discusses policy issues surrounding the topic.

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