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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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Press Release
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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September 15, 2022

Legal fights and loopholes could blunt Medicare's new power to control drug prices

By Leslie Walker and Dan Gorenstein September 15, 2022 On Tuesday, the White House celebrated the passage of the the…

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September 1, 2022

Can Mark Cuban’s Pharmacy Help You Save On Prescription Drugs?

By Sarah Brady September 1, 2022 One in 10 U.S. adults has skipped taking a prescribed medication in order to…

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August 22, 2022

In U.S., Poor Life Ratings Reach Record High

By Dan Witters and Sangeeta Agrawal August 22, 2022 WASHINGTON, D.C. — The percentage of Americans who evaluate their lives…

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August 18, 2022

San Diego County hospitals achieve geriatric emergency care accreditation milestone

By Nathan Tucker August 18, 2022 San Diego County is the first in the nation where every eligible hospital earned…

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August 18, 2022

First in the Nation: All San Diego Hospitals Now Accredited for Geriatric Emergency Care

By Jeanna Vazquez August 18, 2022 Susan Nelson, a retired schoolteacher from San Diego, never thought she’d have to call…

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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 11, 2022

'First in the nation': San Diego now has 18 hospitals offering specialized ER care for seniors

By Madison Weil August 11, 2022 SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego has become the first county in the nation…

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August 11, 2022

San Diego County marks a first in nation for geriatric emergency care

By Jacob Aere August 11, 2022 It’s a first in the nation: All eligible hospitals in San Diego have officially…

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August 10, 2022

Major drug price reforms head for Biden's signature as PhRMA weighs legal options

By Zachary Brennan August 10, 2022 The fact that the new drug price negotiations for certain blockbuster Medicare drugs —…

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August 10, 2022

Senate’s Medicare drug pricing may ripple into private market

  By Lauren Clason and Jessie Hellmann August 10, 2022 Congress is on the verge of passing historic drug pricing…

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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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