Health Reform Moves Forward

David Blatt, Oklahoma Policy Institute, Samuel L. Dickman, University of California San Francisco, Charlie Eaton, Stanford University, Joe Feinglass, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Amy Fried, University of Maine, Colleen M. Grogan, University of Chicago, Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lawrence R. Jacobs, University of Minnesota, Markie McBrayer, University of Houston, Jonathan Oberlander, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rahul Rekhi, Lazard, Sara Rosenbaum, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, Gabriel R. Sanchez, University of New Mexico, Jessica Sharac, George Washington University, Peter Shin, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, Theda Skocpol, Katherine Swartz, Harvard University, Philip J. Van der Wees, Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare, Emily Wang, Yale School of Medicine, Margaret Weir, Brown University, Cathleen E. Willging, Behavioral Health Research Center of the Southwest, Ling Zhu, University of Houston

As Affordable Care reforms go into full effect, millions of Americans are getting new and improved health insurance coverage – even as health care providers, insurance companies, and businesses adjust to the new system. The fifty U.S. states remain front and center, with some moving quickly to expand health coverage and experiment with improvements, while others continue to try to block and undermine reform.

Recently, representatives of the SSN Working Group on Health Reform Implementation offered an overview of Affordable Care's progress to a dozen members of the House of Representatives.

Up-to-date briefs and media contributions by SSN experts offer insights and resources in a number of areas – clear explanations of what health reform entails; analyses of the impact of reform on the U.S. economy; overviews of the likely impact of Affordable Care reforms on health, wellbeing, and access to care; and dissections of implementation challenges and contrasting developments in the states. Click on each brief title to see the downloadable PDF.

Explaining Afforable Care Reforms

> Debunking Common Myths about Health Reform
Katherine Swartz, Harvard University

> How ObamaCare Helps Americans Who Already Have Health Insurance
Jonathan Oberlander, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Debunking Myths about Medicaid – And Its Expansion
Colleen M. Grogan, University of Chicago, and Theda Skocpol and Katherine Swartz, Harvard University

> Community Clinics – The Hidden Health Revolution
Lawrence R. Jacobs, University of Minnesota

Health Reform and the U.S. Economy

> The Truth about Health Reform, Jobs, and the Economy
Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

How Health Reform Makes the Job Market More Flexible and Unleashes Entrepreneurs
Theda Skocpol, Harvard University

> "ObamaCare Cures 'Job Lock'," USA Today, February 6, 2014
Theda Skocpol and Katherine Swartz

> "ObamaCare: It's a Net Gain for the Economy," Los Angeles Times, February 9, 2014
Jonathan Gruber

The Impact of Reform on Health, Wellbeing, and Access to Care

> Life and Health Will Suffer in States Opting Out of the Medicaid Expansion
Samuel L. Dickman, Harvard Medical School

> How Lack of Insurance Hurts Health and Wellbeing
Joe Feinglass, Northwestern University Feinburg School of Medicine

> The Value of Providing Continued Health Care to People Leaving America's Prisons
Emily Wang, Yale School of Medicine

> How Health Reform Can Help Rural Communities Improve Care for People with Addiction and Mental Illness
Cathleen E. Willging, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation

> How Community Health Centers and Millions of Uninsured are Hurt by the Refusal to Expand Medicaid in Texas
Jessica Sharac, Peter Shin, and Sara Rosenbaum, George Washington University

> Health and Access Improved after the 2006 Massachusetts Reforms that Paved the Way for Federal Health Reform
Philip J. Van der Wees, Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare

> Bolstering Safety Net Providers Can Ensure that Health Reform Leaves No One Behind
Rahul Rekhi, Oxford University

Implementation Challenges and Divergent Developments in the States

> Why the Success of Health Reform Depends on Energetic and Nuanced Outreach to Latinos
Gabriel R. Sanchez, University of New Mexico

> Promoting Health Reform by Embracing State Experiments
Lawrence R. Jacobs, University of Minnesota

> Expanding Medicaid is Cost-Effective and Popular, So Why are So Many States Resisting?
Colleen M. Grogan, University of Chicago

> How Powerful Consumer Advocates Help ObamaCare Succeed in California
Charlie Eaton and Margaret Weir, University of California, Berkeley

> So Far, Divergent Paths for Health Reform in New England
Amy Fried, University of Maine

> While California Expands Insurance Coverage, Texas Blocks Health Reform – Despite Greater Needs
Ling Zhu and Markie McBrayer, University of Houston

> "Prosperity Policy: A Tale of Two States," The Journal Record, December 4, 2013
David Blatt, Oklahoma Policy Institute

February 2014