Protecting Health Care Consumers in the Peach State

Over the past three years, advocates across the country have celebrated the plummeting number of uninsured people while working to identify and address the remaining challenges and barriers that health care consumers face. While early evidence found  most people who...

Substance-Exposed Newborns: Looking at Substance Use Through a Two-Generation Lens

The recent rise in opioid use has received attention across the country, as lawmakers, advocates, and public health officials attempt to figure out the best way to address this crisis at the local, state and federal levels. As this issue...

My Day in Columbia, Missouri

It was a beautiful spring day to be in a conference room, but inside, people’s energy did not wane. I felt like I was in a room of scientists – listening to presentations, brainstorming ideas, evaluating new approaches – all...

The Takeaway: Sound and Fury Surrounds Rx Pricing Debate, But What Do They Signify?

Sound and Fury Surrounds Rx Pricing Debate, But What Do They Signify? Sticker shock is continuing to make prescription drug prices a campaign issue, and with changes in benefit design exposing people to more and more cost-sharing, the issue is unlikely to...

Behavioral/Physical Health Integration: Twin Cities Flashback

This week’s release by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) of its Report to Congress highlighted the critical importance of Medicaid in the lives of so many low-income Americans. While the report focuses on Medicaid payments to...

The Takeaway: The Political Challenge of Reining in Drug Prices

The Political Challenge of Reining in Drug Prices The high price of prescription drugs is an issue of great concern to most Americans and has even attracted the attention of presidential candidates from both parties. Although the growth rate was...

It’s Time for a Copernican Revolution in Health Care

This is the last in a series of blogs discussing the policy priorities of the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation. Previous blogs have discussed health equity, population health, consumer protection, payment models and person-centered care models. At the...

The Takeaway: Final Obama Era Insurance Rule Makes Incremental Progress But Leaves Many Issues Unresolved

Every year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issues an update to the rules governing insurance companies and marketplaces. While there were many small adjustments the final update released Monday, the last under President Obama, can most fairly...

Why Strengthening America’s Social Structures Is Essential for Health

This post in our Health System Transformation series is an update of the Jan. 26, 2016 blog post titled, “How America’s Social Structures Affect Our Health.”  This updated post adds some key policy prescriptions that are central to the vision...