Health Policy Program

Archives: Health Policy Program Transcripts and Supporting Documents

The Economic Impact of Health Reform in Colorado

May 31, 2011

As initial implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begins, questions remain as to what the actual budgetary impacts will be on Colorado families, businesses and on the state.

Exploring Long-Term Care & the Affordable Care Act

November 19, 2010

Next year, the first wave of the baby boomer generation will turn 65, and over the coming two decades, 77 million Americans will enter their senior years. Almost 70 percent of those turning sixty-five will require some long-term care assistance before they pass, and 20 percent will need it for more than five years.

The History of Health Reform

July 14, 2010

Health reform isn't over. We've got a long way to go with implementation -- and making sure the cost, coverage, and quality promises made by the new reform law are fulfilled over the coming years. The ups and downs of the debate made for an intense and exciting year. As the dust settles, we'd like to offer up our guide to what happened, The History of Health Reform.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Delivery System Reform

April 13, 2010

This fact sheet outlines the major provisions in the new health reform law, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which affect delivery system reform. The fact sheet was offered as a guide during the New America Foundation Health Policy Program event A First Look at Implementing Health Reform: The Delivery System Challenge.

Perception vs. Reality: Evidence-Based Medicine, California Voters, and the Implications for Health Care Reform

August 4, 2009

Comprehensive reforms to increase the use of valid evidence in medical practice are overdue and could significantly improve health outcomes for patients. A Summer 2009 Lake Research Partners poll of California voters, commissioned by the Campaign for Effective Patient Care and summarized in this document, provides valuable insight into voter attitudes about evidence-based medicine, and shows strong support for related health care reforms.

VIDEO: Budget Syndrome: The Real Costs of Cutting Healthcare

June 18, 2009

Since Governor Schwarzenegger insists he will not raise taxes, programs such as Healthy Families are still on the chopping block putting health insurance for a million children and their families at risk. In this informative and engaging video, Micah Weinberg, Senior Research Fellow at The New America Foundation, calls out this sort of thinking a Budget Syndrome. A major symptom of this condition is an obsessive focus on taxes and spending. Its side effects include blindness to the true impact of cutting healthcare spending on our pocketbooks, on our economy, and on our lives.

Addressing Insurance Market Reform in National Health Reform

March 24, 2009

Len Nichols, Director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) on March 24, 2009 on reforming insurance markets.

For the full text of Nichols' prepared testimony, please see the PDF attached at the bottom of this page.

Congressional Support for HC4HR

December 11, 2008

SENATOR MAX BAUCUS: COMMENT ON FORMATION OF HEALTH CEOS FOR HEALTH REFORM COALITION

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) issued a brief statement today following the announcement that CEOs from six health care providers across the country have formed a coalition called Health CEOs for Health Reform (HC4HR). Baucus has made health care reform top priority for the Finance Committee and a key legislative objective for 2009.

From Senator Baucus:

Background Information on HC4HR

December 11, 2008

Washington, DC -- The New America Foundation today welcomes the Billings Clinic, Blue Shield of California, Catholic Healthcare West, Denver Health, Merck & Co., Inc., and the Virginia Mason Medical Center as it announces Health CEOs for Health Reform (HC4HR), a diverse coalition of health care leaders who share a unique willingness to transform their business models to create a more sustainable health system.

Transcript: Social Policy After the Economic Crisis

December 5, 2008
NEW AMERICA FOUNDATION HOLDS A CONFERENCE
ON SOCIAL POLICY AFTER THE ECONOMIC PROBLEMS

DECEMBER 5, 2008

SPEAKERS: MICHAEL CALABRESE,
VICE PRESIDENT, NEW AMERICA FOUNDATION

LEN NICHOLS, DIRECTOR,
HEALTH POLICY PROGRAM, NEW AMERICA FOUNDATION

MAYA MACGUINEAS, DIRECTOR, FISCAL POLICY PROGRAM,
NEW AMERICA FOUNDATION, PRESIDENT,
COMMITTEE FOR A RESPONSIBLE FEDERAL BUDGET

MARK IWRY,
NONRESIDENT SENIOR FELLOW, BROOKINGS INSTITUTION

DAVID GRAY,