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Research Roundup: Affordable Care Act and More

State-Based, Single-Payer Health Care – A Solution for the United States? - This article by William C. Hsiao, Ph.D. in the New England Journal of Medicine examines whether state-based single payer systems like the one under consideration in Vermont could serve as models for other progressive states.

Why Texas Should Not Jump Into an Interstate Health Care Compact - In Texas, opponents to national health care reform are proposing to use federal dollars to fund alternative interstate health care compacts that effectively Block Grant federal health care funding. Two legislative proposals embracing an interstate health care compact are House Bill (HB) 1008 and HB 5. Anne Dunkelberg of Center for Public Policy Priorities testified before the House Select Committee on State Sovereignty, saying why such an approach is bad for Texas.

Good Medicine: The Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on New Jersey’s working families with children - A new report by New Jersey Policy Perspective estimates health care coverage will expand significantly for low- and moderate-income New Jersey families once last year’s federal health care reform law is fully phased in by 2019. The percentage of insured parents in this group is expected to increase from 86 percent today to about 94 percent in 2019, an increase of 180,000 parents, according to the study released Thursday by the Trenton-based think tank.

Nearly 4 million Medicare beneficiaries receive help with prescription drug cost under Affordable Care Act - This report from the Department of Health and Human Services on health reform and prescription drug costs for seniors shows that nearly 4 million people with Medicare who reached the prescription drug donut hole in 2010 have received a one-time, tax-free $250 rebate check. Seniors who hit the donut hole in 2011 will receive a 50 percent discount on brand-name prescription drugs. In 2011, the 50 percent discount has already saved nearly 48,000 Medicare enrollees $38 million – an average of $800 per person.

The Affordable Care Act: Improving Health Care for Women - This fact sheet from the National Partnership for Women & Families takes a look at what women and families gain from the Affordable Care Act.