Essentials of Health Policy: A Sourcebook for Journalists and Policymakers

1 – Private Coverage

Private health insurance, including employer-based insurance, insurance sold on the ACA marketplaces, and other forms of individual health insurance coverage.

2 – Medicare

The federal health insurance program for people age 65 and older and for other adults who qualify due to having a permanent disability or end-stage renal disease.

3 – Medicaid and CHIP

State-federal partnerships that provide health coverage for people with low incomes, children, pregnant women, parents of dependent children and disabled individuals.

5 – Health Care Costs

The drivers of health care costs, federal spending, consumer spending, and industry consolidation.

9 – Public Health and Prevention

Protecting and improving the health of communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research, and detection and control of infectious diseases.


The entire Alliance for Health Reform staff and our capable interns contributed to this edition the Sourcebook. We also thank the experts from the health policy community who contributed their vast knowledge.

About the Alliance for Health Reform

The Alliance for Health Reform is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping policymakers understand the foundations of health policy, the roots of the nation’s health care issues and the trade-offs posed by various proposals for change.

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