Health Issue Briefs

Health Practice Council issue brief examining the approaches included in various proposals policymakers are considering in case the Supreme Court rules in King v. Burwell that federal premium subsidies are not available for individual market plans in states participating in the federally facilitated marketplace. (May 28, 2015)
Individual and Small Group Market Task Force issue brief examining how the rules applying to groups sized 51-100 will change with the Affordable Care Act's scheduled expansion of the definition of small employers to those with up to 100 employees and what that will mean for insurance offerings in the small group market. (March 2, 2015)
Health Practice International Task Force issue brief providing an overview of the prevalence and costs associated with diabetes internationally and exploring current diabetes mitigation efforts in seven specific countries. (August 13, 2014)
Medicare Steering Committee issue brief offering an actuarial perspective on Medicare's financial condition and outlining the public policy options to address the program's long-term financial challenges. (July 31, 2014)
Health Practice Council issue brief providing an overview of the factors underlying general premium rate setting and highlighting the major drivers behind why 2015 premiums could differ from those in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (June 4, 2014)
Health Care Cost Work Group issue brief providing an overview of a number of relatively new care delivery models, as well as some existing but lesser-used models, and examining the potential for each to help slow health care spending and improve health care quality. (April 4, 2014)
Health Practice Financial Reporting Committee issue brief providing an overview of Affordable Care Act provisions - the premium-stabilization programs, new taxes and fees, advanced payments, and existing actuarial liabilities - that may create a certain amount of volatility on future financial statements. (November 1, 2013)
Medicare Steering Committee issue brief offering an annual perspective on Medicare's financial condition and outlining the public policy options to address the program's long-term financial challenges. (June 12, 2013)
Issue brief by Senior Health Fellow Cori Uccello provides an overview of the basic concepts underlying premium calculations, and highlights and examines several Affordable Care Act-related provisions that could affect premiums. (May 9, 2013)
Issue guide on Medicare premium support and the potential implications of shifting Medicare to a premium support program. (February 11, 2013)