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Affordable Care Act Reforms Could Reduce the Number of Underinsured U.S. Adults by 70 Percent

 In this study published in Health Affairs, Commonwealth Fund authors provide a baseline estimate of the number of underinsured and uninsured adults in 2010, and examine how health reform can help.

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The Effects of Health Reform on Small Businesses and Their Workers

Some critics have raised concerns about the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the health insurance landscape for small firms. Here, we consolidate the results of several Urban Institute studies that address the likely effects of the ACA on small firms. 

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Your Guide to Medicare’s Preventive Services

This is the official government booklet with important information about the following: what disease prevention is and why it’s important, which preventive services Medicare covers and how often, who can get services, and what you pay – many preventive services are free in 2011.

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2012 Progress Report: States are Implementing Health Reform

In the nearly two years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, all States have taken some action to implement health reform. For example, forty-four States are participating in the new premium rate review system where insurers must justify the rationale for any double-digit insurance premium increase.  And 28 States and the District of Columbia are on their way toward establishing their own Affordable Insurance Exchange – an essential component of the law.  

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Medicaid Coverage and Spending in Health Reform

 This analysis provides national and state‐by‐state estimates of the increases in coverage and the associated costscompared to a baseline scenario without the Medicaid expansions in health reform.  

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