Health Policy Research Update
A paper in the journal Health Affairs found that increasing medical costs are the largest challenge for sustaining state efforts to expand health insurance coverage.
The author reviewed the case of Oregon Health Plan, a state-run program that provided coverage to residents in part by limiting covered services. The paper suggests that long-term success of state health care reform efforts partly could rely on cost-control efforts and maintaining support from stakeholders in the health care system.
This week's Health Policy Research Update also includes:
- A study on the usage of emergency departments that recommends a nationwide classification system for emergency departments;
- Research on increasing medication savings for state Medicaid programs; and
- A series of articles addressing employer-sponsored health coverage.