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The Hunger for Debate: Communication and the Affordable Care Act

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Posted by Marianne Udow-Phillips on December 2, 2013

On November 4, our Center—along with the Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, and Michigan Radio—held a symposium at the University of Michigan on communication of the Affordable Care Act. The symposium was energetic and the panelists thoughtful. But, what has been most striking to me has been the reaction we have received from those who attended (almost 400 were there). For the most part, people loved the different opinions expressed and were thrilled to hear viewpoints different from their own. The reaction of our audience shows that actual dialogue is possible when we create the right opportunities.

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A Crucial Ingredient in the Affordable Care Act to Getting Young People to Get Coverage

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Posted by Marianne Udow-Phillips on October 7, 2013

Like everyone I know who is a health policy junkie, I have been very excited about the launch of the health insurance exchanges. But, my excitement is not just because of my professional interest—and wanting to see how these things actually work and how health care changes as a result—it is also for personal reasons. My 27-year-old goddaughter had to leave her parents’ policy after she turned 26 and had to purchase expensive—and pretty limited coverage—in the individual health insurance market. So, we have been looking forward to the new products hoping they will give her more choices at better rates. 

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Explaining the Affordable Care Act

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Posted by Marianne Udow-Phillips on September 23, 2013

Health care reform is indeed a journey—not a destination. And, judging from all of the requests that our Center is getting to explain the Affordable Care Act, it is probably going to be a journey for a very long time (assuming, of course, that it doesn’t get “defunded”/ delayed/repealed or otherwise stopped in the next few couple of weeks!).

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Obamacare seems to be Helping to Curtail Health Care Costs

Posted by Marianne Udow-Phillips and Nancy Baum on July 8, 2013

Editor's Note: This column previously appeared in Bridge Magazine.

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The Medicaid Expansion in Michigan Needs to Get Done Now

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Posted by Marianne Udow-Phillips on June 17, 2013

Editor's Note: This column previously appeared in Bridge Magazine.

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Insurance Coverage in the Small Employer Market: Implications of the Affordable Care Act

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Posted by Marianne Udow-Phillips on June 3, 2013

Newspaper headlines about small employers’ fears of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) make it seem like there will be a major cataclysm in the small employer health insurance market come January 1, 2014. What most of these stories miss, however, is that a cataclysm has already occurred in employment-based coverage and the likely impacts of the ACA on the small employer market will be mixed at worst: beneficial for some and challenging for others. Overall, the ACA’s impact on the small employer market is likely to be smaller than most people think—at least in the early years of its implementation.

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The ACA and the Hospital Readmissions Policy Debate

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Posted by Marianne Udow-Phillips on May 6, 2013

Of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) many provisions aimed at improving health care access, quality, and efficiency, one has been the subject of considerable recent debate: the hospital readmission reduction program. The program’s approach has some merit, but in the end, doesn’t do enough to address the systemic issues underlying the problems it aims to fix. This policy needs adjustments now and bigger changes down the road.

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The Bitter Pill: Time Magazine's Story on Health Care Costs

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Posted by Marianne Udow-Phillips on March 25, 2013

Steven Brill’s article on health care costs in the March 4 issue of Time magazine is the talk of the town in health care. While journalists have generally praised the piece, reactions from those in health care have been mixed. The American Hospital Association critiqued a number of Brill’s major points in a fact sheet, Setting the Record Straight on TIME’s Article “Bitter Pill.”

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