What LMICs Can Learn about Health Insurance from the ACA

These days, it’s rare to point to the U.S. health sector as a model for anything other than chaos and complexity, but there are both lessons learned from mistakes and occasional beacons of hope like the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program that can be instructive for countries—especially low- and middle-income countries—seeking to stretch limited health funding to achieve universal health coverage.

To Achieve Universal Health Coverage, Get the Incentives Right

We need to look at whether people have the right mix of incentives to avoid unhealthy lifestyle choices, and to access preventive health, such as vaccinating their children, using contraceptives for birth spacing or to avoid pregnancy, using condoms for disease prevention, and sleeping under bed nets in malarial zones. But just as importantly, we need to ensure that health care providers, both individual and institutional, have the right alignment of incentives to deliver high quality, affordable health services and pharmaceuticals.

Derek Kunaka: On Strengthening Health Systems to Meet SDGs

We have a learning model at MEval-SIFSA where we’ve itemised what defines a health system as “functioning.” For us, a strong, functioning system is one that takes you through the entire data management process and evaluates how the data is gathered, interpreted and analysed. But most importantly, a functioning system uses data to maximise a health programme’s impact and improve health outcomes.

New Video: How Enrollment Assisters Can Help People Living with HIV Find Affordable Coverage

Enrollment assisters play an essential role in helping people living with HIV to find a health plan that best covers their health needs, including critical medications and care. A new video produced by the Affordable Care Enrollment Technical Assistance (ACE TA) provides information about the enrollment needs of people living with HIV.

New Video: How Enrollment Assisters Can Help People Living with HIV Find Affordable Coverage

Enrollment assisters play an essential role in helping people living with HIV to find a health plan that best covers their health needs, including critical medications and care. Watch this video to better understand the enrollment needs of people living with HIV. Visit http://targethiv.org/assisters for more information.

King vs. Burwell Brings a Sigh of Relief, But Now it’s Back to Work!

Read JSI’s Rachel Tobey’s commentary on the Supreme Court’s landmark decision this week in King v. Burwell, which ruled that the Affordable Care Act does not prevent tax subsidies from going to help people buy health insurance in states that have not set up insurance exchanges under the health-care reform law.

ACA outreach and enrollment: Don’t be a grasshopper!

Although the annual open enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ended on March 31, 2014, there is no reason agencies should halt all efforts when it comes to outreach and enrollment.

Health care reform upheld by Supreme Court: JSI staff react

For 35 years, JSI staff have dedicated themselves to improving health care for the underserved. With the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court today upholding the Affordable Care Act, millions of currently uninsured Americans will be able to participate in the health care system. The people of JSI had a lot to say about that: