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Kaiser Family Foundation Updates Side-By-Side Comparison Tool on New Health Reform Gateway Page

by Joan Trombetti, Writer | June 24, 2009
The Kaiser Family Foundation
side-by-side comparison
tool on its new health
reform gateway page
Detailed summaries of new comprehensive health reform legislation proposed by the three key House committees (known as the "Tri-Committee" bill) and from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee are now included on The Kaiser Family Foundation side-by-side comparison tool on its new health reform gateway page.

The interactive online tool now allows comparisons of nine major Congressional health reform proposals, including those from the Senate Finance Committee; Sens. Tom Coburn and Richard Burr and Reps. Paul Ryan and Devin Nunes; Rep. John Conyers; Rep. John Dingell; Sen. Bernie Sanders; Rep. Pete Stark; and Sens. Ron Wyden and Bob Bennett. The tool also includes a summary of President Obama's reform principles.

Users can now select which proposals to compare, and specific characteristics about those proposals, including coverage, cost containment and financing.

The tool allows users to print out the comparison of all plans or a version that includes the current House and Senate authorizing committee proposals. The Foundation will continue to update the tool to reflect major new proposals and any significant changes to the plans already introduced.

The comparison tool is one of many key resources on the Foundation's health reform gateway page, which provides a centralized source for key information, news and analysis about national health reform efforts now being considered by Congress.

The gateway also includes briefs explaining key health reform concepts such as health insurance exchanges and pay-or-play requirements, as well as the Foundation's original research on issues including the cost and coverage impacts of expanding the Medicaid program and trends in employer-sponsored health insurance.

Also available are webcasts of reporters-only briefings with key congressional leaders, Kaiser's polling data on health reform, columns from Kaiser president Drew Altman about health reform topics, and relevant news summaries produced by Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent health policy news service established by the Foundation.