Health Policy

Rigorous investigation of the effects of policy decisions and economic factors on the health care system and individual health outcomes

Passing health care costs to employees

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A study was published in The Journal of Health Economics provides striking data on ways that health care costs have been passed on to employees in the Illinois public school system in the 1990s and 2000s. The research also provides unique insight about the trade off employees make between health insurance and wages. This Research Spotlight provides an overview of the research.

 


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Does global climate change affect air pollution in Illinois?

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This policy brief provides an overview of research on climate change and air pollution, and it discusses the implications for Illinois. The researchers first describe the effects of pollution and then look at trends in Illinois relative to the whole United States. They then describe estimates of the effects of climate change on local pollution, and the effects of pollution on health.


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Public policies to increase hospital competition, improve quality of inpatient care and lower health care costs

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Chapter 6 of The Illinois Report 2013

This report provides an assessment of three state policies that are targeted at the hospital industry in Illinois. The authors take a close look at tax exemptions for not-for-profit hospitals, the Medicaid hospital assessment program, and the Certificate of Need laws. The authors discuss strategies to alter these policies in a way that could lower costs and create a more competitive, higher quality hospital industry.


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An Illinois heath care report card

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  • Bryan N. Becker

Chapter 6 of The Illinois Report 2012

This report examines health care usage trends and disparities in Illinois.


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Health care reform and Medicaid

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  • Nicole Kazee

Chapter 5 of The Illinois Report 2011

This report reviews the Medicaid provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and their applications to policy in Illinois.


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Waste and recycling in Illinois

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  • Sarah Miller

Chapter 7 of The Illinois Report 2010

This report examines policies related to easte management in Illinois, providing an overview of state mandates and compares garbage and recycling policies enacted by different local governments in the state.


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Health care reform and implications for Illinois

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Chapter 6 of The Illinois Report 2010

This report examines four features of health care reform bills under consideration in 2009, the shortcomings they were intended to address and the implications for businesses and residents in Illinois.


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Obesity: Causes, consequences and public policy solutions

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Chapter 8 of The Illinois Report 2009

This report examines the impact of one significant health care issue - obesity - on public policy in Illinois.


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Health and health care in Illinois

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  • Lorens Hälmchen

Chapter 3 of The Illinois Report 2008

This report provides an overview of health policy in Illinois entering 2008.


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Options for health care policy

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Health care spending dominates the overall state budget in Illinois, with Medicaid dominating Illinois’ health care budget. The state already made substantial cuts to optional services in Medicaid in 2012. The state is looking towards aggressively pushing “care coordination” to the Medicaid program in the near term, but skepticism about the potential for cost savings is warranted. The scientific literature regarding the effects of disease management, care coordination, and Medicaid managed care generally does not suggest there are huge savings likely from these approaches.


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