Health Care Reform


Health Care Reform

Blogs and Publications Produced by Don Kettl and Jack Meyer

Monday, May 23rd, 2011 - 12:53
Dean Kettl and Professor Meyer began writing for the IBM Center for The Business of Government in April 2010 on our blog, "Making Health Care Reform Work." The team, along with Stephen Majors, have written well over 200 posts on this blog and have recently produced short implementation

High Risk Pools Ramping Up

Sunday, June 27th, 2010 - 9:32
Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 08:57
The New York Times reports that 30 states have informed the federal government they want to run high-risk pools using federal money, and 20 of them have filed formal proposals. Many of them are waiting for final approval from the feds to begin their application process, and coverage could begin in August or in the fall -- not quite meeting the deadline established in the health reform law, but close.

The "Doc Fix" is the Fix -- For Now

Friday, June 25th, 2010 - 8:02
Friday, June 25, 2010 - 07:48
The House on Thursday passed a bill, already approved by the Senate, that would avoid a 21 percent cut in the Medicare reimbursement rate for doctors for six months. Read more about the legislation in a New York Times story here.

A Few Questions Answered on the High-Risk Pool

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 - 10:35
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 10:21
A letter dug up by our friends at HealthReformGPS appears to answer some of the questions we have been posing on this blog about the high-risk pool to cover those with pre-existing conditions.

Health Reform's Workforce Challenge

Thursday, June 17th, 2010 - 7:11
Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 07:05
The new health reform law will provide health insurance coverage for an estimated 32 million people who would otherwise remain uninsured. This is welcome news.

Doctor, Nurse Shortage Under Health Care Reform?

Monday, June 14th, 2010 - 8:07
Monday, June 14, 2010 - 07:57
A story in this morning's Washington Post outlines the math of retiring baby boomers, nurses and doctors and what this means for health reform. Having enough doctors and nurses to care for more Americans goes to the heart of the efficacy of health reform. Will provisions in the health reform law to boost the number of doctors be enough to meet the greater demand for health care?

"The Doc Fix" and Health Care Reform

Sunday, June 13th, 2010 - 12:30
Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 11:37
This week, the U.S. Senate will continue debating, and possibly vote, on a bill that has become a Christmas tree of tax provisions, unemployment benefit extensions, and the latest installment of a perennial debate over the Medicare "Doc Fix." Without action by the Senate, doctors who treat Medicare patients will see a 21-percent cut in their reimbursement rates.

More Medicaid Dollars to The States As a Bridge to Health Reform?

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 - 8:04
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 07:37
As a story in Monday's New York Times points out, states continuing to struggle from lackluster tax receipts are clamoring for more federal Medicaid spending to keep their budgets afloat. In some cases, states have already penciled in the enhanced spending to balance their budgets despite a vociferous debate continuing to rage in Congress about whether the country should continue its deficit spending.

Community Public Health: An Overlooked Part of Health Reform

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 - 7:47
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 07:41
The health care reform law provides a strong boost to community-based public health initiatives. The important investment in public health has received comparatively little attention in the media.

Educating The Public, Combatting Skepticism

Monday, June 7th, 2010 - 9:32
Monday, June 7, 2010 - 09:11
Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle told us on this blog back in April that the Obama administration understood how important a smooth implementation of health care reform would be to public acceptance of the new law. Daschle also hinted that a large public relations and information campaign was in the works and would be unveiled in the coming months.