National Report Looks at Coverage Costs

As support for a Medicare for All-type healthcare system weakens in recent national polls, a new study from the Urban Institute and Commonwealth Fund outlines other ways to boost coverage and potentially lower costs. From Incremental to Comprehensive Health Insurance Reform: How Various Reform Options Compare on Coverage and Costs analyzes how eight healthcare reform packages intended to address the current system’s shortcomings affect health insurance coverage and spending by government, households, and employers. The report analyzes such proposals as enhancing subsidies and reinsurance under the Affordable Care Act, to enacting a full single-payer-type system.