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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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October 20, 2022

Nearly 40% of Voters May Cross Party Lines for Candidate with Plan To Lower Healthcare Costs

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October 6, 2022

New West Health-Gallup Poll: 114 Million Americans Think the U.S. Healthcare System is Failing Them

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August 16, 2022

West Health Statement on the Signing of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

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August 4, 2022

Estimated 98 Million Americans Skipped Treatments, Cut Back On Food, Gas Or Utilities To Pay For Healthcare

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Press Release
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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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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AUTHORED ARTICLE

How states can act to limit drug price increases, saving employers and workers billions

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PUBLICATION

2022 Healthcare in America Report

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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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November 30, 2022

Our Opinion: A lack of faith in health care providers

November 30, 2022 All we want for Christmas is good health — and good health care — for everyone. But…

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November 30, 2022

Americans are curbing health spending as inflation rises. Here's how employers can help

By Alexis Kayser  November 30, 2022 Americans’ health can be negatively affected by redirecting financial resources — a symptom of…

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November 21, 2022

Opinion: There’s good reason to be thankful: Democrats are no longer in charge of the People’s House

By Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA.) November 21, 2022 The 2022 midterm elections are over. Inflation is at 7.7 percent. President Biden says he’ll…

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November 21, 2022

With Philanthropy Leading the Way, States Are Planning for an Aging America

By Wendy Paris November 21, 2022 The master plan movement, now active in more than a dozen states and counting,…

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November 10, 2022

With Improved Standards, Telehealth Could Significantly Enhance Senior Care

By Mark Melchionna November 10, 2022 Published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, new commentary from researchers at West…

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November 4, 2022

Dementia and delirium in the ER:
Providing better care for older patients

AARP and GEDC videos provide action steps for providers, patients and family caregivers to better identify and manage issues related…

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November 1, 2022

Three Funders Pool Efforts to Allow Older Americans to Age in Place

By Wendy Paris November 1, 2022 One indisputable takeaway from COVID: A nursing home is not a great place to…

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October 27, 2022

Republican ideas to reform Medicare could rile health care industry

By Rachel Cohrs October 27, 2022 Democrats are suddenly blasting Republicans on the campaign trail over a surprising new topic:…

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October 21, 2022

Medicare is going to cap patients’ spending on drugs. But there’s no such limit for hospital or doctor bills

By Bob Herman October 21, 2022 By 2025, people on Medicare who take expensive medications will feel significant financial relief: They…

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October 21, 2022

ACA is MIA from campaign fights for first time in more than a decade

By Victoria Knight and Andrew Solender October 21, 2022 The Affordable Care Act, a trigger point in political campaigns for…

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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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West Health Policy Center
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Timothy A. Lash, MBA President & Chairman,
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Cristina Boccuti, MA, MPP Director, Health Policy Read Bio
Amy Herr, MHS, PMP Director, Health Policy Read Bio
Sean Dickson, JD, MPH Director, Health Policy Read Bio