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The West Health Policy Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, focused on lowering healthcare costs to enable successful aging.

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Informing better public policy decisions with insightful research, expert analysis and evidence-based education and outreach.

Healthcare Costs

Expert analysis on addressing the U.S. healthcare and prescription drug cost crisis.

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Value-Based Care

Solutions that reduce costs, improve efficiency, and encourage person-centered care.

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Successful Aging

Policies and models of care that improve existing infrastructure and better seniors' lives.

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Recent Work

Federal, state and local governments face important questions about how to develop policy solutions that better address longstanding issues including high prescription drug prices and costly medical services, rising health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs, and caring for a rapidly growing aging population. Explore recent work that sheds light on the issues and highlights solutions to transform healthcare and aging in America.

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March 1, 2022

Drug Manufacturers Would Owe $150 Million If Build Back Better Were Law

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January 12, 2022

West Health Statement on CMS Aduhelm National Coverage Determination

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Press Release
December 14, 2021

New Poll: Major Spike in Percent of Americans Skipping Medical Treatment due to Cost

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Press Release
November 3, 2021

Study Estimates New Framework for Medicare Negotiation Would Increase Federal Revenues by $100 Billion

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Press Release
September 29, 2021

9 in 10 Americans Want Dental Coverage as Part of Medicare

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Public Opinion Research

West Health has partnered with Gallup to give voices to the experiences and opinions of the American people through a robust and consistent platform of nationally representative surveys on high healthcare costs and aging. Our ongoing work sheds light on solutions the public supports, guiding the way toward achieving change.

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THE U.S. HEALTHCARE COST CRISIS REPORT

30%

of American adults did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of American adults did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of American adults age 18-49 did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of American adults age 50-64 did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of American adults age 65+ did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of Black adults did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of Hispanic adults did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of White adults did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of Black adults age 18-49 did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of Hispanic adults age 18-49 did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of White adults age 18-49 did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of Black adults age 50-64 did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of Hispanic adults age 50-64 did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of White adults age 50-64 did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of Black adults age 65+ did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of Hispanic adults age 65+ did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of White adults age 65+ did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of American adults report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of American adults age 18-49 report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of American adults age 50-64 report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of American adults age 65+ report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of Black adults report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of Black adults age 18-49 report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of Black adults age 50-64 report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of Black adults age 65+ report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of Hispanic adults report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of Hispanic adults age 18-49 report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of Hispanic adults age 50-64 report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of Hispanic adults age 65+ report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of White adults report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of White adults age 18-49 report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of White adults age 50-64 report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of White adults age 65+ report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of American adults would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of American adults age 18-49 would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of American adults age 50-64 would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of American adults age 65+ would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of Black adults would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of Black adults age 18-49 would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of Black adults age 50-64 would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of Black adults age 65+ would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of Hispanic adults would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of Hispanic adults age 18-49 would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of Hispanic adults age 50-64 would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of Hispanic adults age 65+ would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of White adults would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of White adults age 18-49 would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of White adults age 50-64 would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of White adults age 65+ would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of American adults report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of American adults age 18-49 report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of American adults age 50-64 report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of American adults age 65+ report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of Black adults report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of Black adults age 18-49 report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of Black adults age 50-64 report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of Black adults age 65+ report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of Hispanic adults report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of Hispanic adults age 18-49 report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of Hispanic adults age 50-64 report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of Hispanic adults age 65+ report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of White adults report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of White adults age 18-49 report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of White adults age 50-64 report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of White adults age 65+ report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of American adults had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of American adults age 18-49 had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of American adults age 50-64 had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of American adults age 65+ had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of Black adults had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of Black adults age 18-49 had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of Black adults age 50-64 had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of Black adults age 65+ had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of Hispanic adults had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of Hispanic adults age 18-49 had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of Hispanic adults age 50-64 had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of Hispanic adults age 65+ had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of White adults had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of White adults age 18-49 had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of White adults age 50-64 had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of White adults age 65+ had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

The Issues Explained

A collection of policy analyses, infographics, and multimedia displays on policies that increase access, lower costs and improve care.

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PUBLICATION

2021 Healthcare in America Report

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RESEARCH

Americans Want and Need Dental Coverage in Medicare

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RESEARCH

The Case for Lower Drug Prices for All Americans

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AUTHORED ARTICLE

To lower drug costs, define ‘cost’ to mean net cost after rebates

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RESEARCH

Two Ways to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

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AUTHORED ARTICLE

Limiting Coverage Based On Efficacy And Safety: A Path Forward For Medicare Regarding The Alzheimer’s Treatment Aducanumab

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VIDEO

Healthcare Consolidation: Major Contributor to Rising Costs

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VIDEO

High Drug Costs: TRx Of The Trade

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POLICY CENTER NEWS

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August 14, 2022

San Diego becomes first county in nation to have all hospitals earn geriatric ER accreditation

By Lauren J. Mapp August 14, 2022 When San Diego resident Susan Nelson, 69, went to the geriatric emergency department…

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August 9, 2022

Senate Dems Enable Medicare to Negotiate (Some) Drug Prices

By Katherine Ellen Foley, David Lim, and Lauren Gardner August 9, 2022 Senate Democrats pushed through a provision of the Inflation Reduction…

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August 9, 2022

The impact of rising health care costs, in 4 charts

August 9, 2022 In the last six months, higher health care costs drove 38% of U.S. adults—an estimated 98 million…

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August 9, 2022

Pharma Lobby Readies Legal Firepower for Drug Pricing Measures

By Shira Stein August 9, 2022 Attorneys disagreed over whether Congress gave enough guidance on which drugs should be negotiated so as…

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August 8, 2022

How the Inflation Reduction Act Could Lower Your Drug Costs

By Abigail Abrams August 8, 2022 The package would empower the federal government to negotiate prices for certain expensive medications…

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August 8, 2022

Inflation Has Many Americans Cutting Back on Health Care, Poll Finds

By Dennis Thompson August 8, 2022 Inflation is putting Americans’ health at risk, with nearly 2 in 5 struggling to…

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August 5, 2022

4 in 10 Americans cut spending to cover healthcare costs

By Nathan Tucker August 5, 2022 Four in 10 Americans have delayed or skipped healthcare treatments in the last six…

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August 5, 2022

POLL: AMERICANS ARE SKIMPING ON CARE BECAUSE OF COSTS —

By Sarah Owermohle August 5, 2022 Nearly 40 percent of American adults say they recently skipped or delayed health care…

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August 5, 2022

Rising health care costs, inflation lead Americans to skip or delay treatment

By Gianna Melillo August 5, 2022 Steep inflation rates have prompted many Americans to make cuts to their everyday spending…

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August 5, 2022

Heart medications can be a huge financial strain, but the reconciliation bill could help

By Berkeley Lovelace Jr. August 5, 2022 A key provision in the Senate Democrats’ budget reconciliation bill that caps out-of-pocket spending on…

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Supporting Policy Leaders

West Health Policy Center is pleased to support the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. The leadership program provides a unique opportunity to help improve healthcare for older adults by offering training for health and aging professionals to gain experience and skills needed to contribute to successful development and implementation of health policies impacting older Americans.

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Timothy A. Lash, MBA President & Chairman,
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