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Health Reform Resources: at the Library and On the Web

Easily one of the most hotly contested topics currently debated in the United States is that of health care reform. Whether or not significant changes are made to the current health care system is a matter that will undoubtedly affect the lives of millions of Americans. For many people, sifting through the constant stream of new information and the arguments being made by those on both sides of the issue presents a significant hurdle. Where can one go to filter through the noise and formulate informed opinions and conclusions? Take a look at the following resources for detailed information on the issue of health care reform.

C-SPAN has a page called the Health Care Hub that is dedicated to the issue of health care reform. The site provides nonpartisan explanations of what is being proposed in addition to a sizeable collection of videos from the C-SPAN network. The videos consist of C-SPAN coverage from the Town Hall Meetings, Floor Debates, Hearings, Markups, and Citizen Videos. Also included on the site is an index of Health Care Links where users can obtain more information.

Another valuable resource is the Health Reform page created by the Kaiser Foundation. Users can choose one or more proposals along with one or more topics for comparison, and the site will generate nonpartisan explanations of the chosen proposals and topics. Also available on the site is a printable PDF of side by side comparisons of all proposals and topics, as well as a printable version of the three Congressional authorizing committee proposals.

The American Hospital Association has an Issues and Initiatives page. Clearly taking a pro-reform stance, this site provides information on the issues and initiatives surrounding health care from the point of view of the American Hospital Association.

Another association that has taken a pro-reform position on health care is the American Medical Association. Their Health System Reform News site provides links to official AMA Press Releases and Statements, as well as links to pertinent articles from American Medical News, and videos from MSNBC news stories.

NAIC, or the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, offers their Health Care Reform Principles. This site outlines the principles for how the NAIC wants the current health care system to be reformed. Also available on the site is a comprehensive bibliography of NAIC publications that address health care reform.

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity is an organization that provides information on health care reform and how it impacts Americans living at or below the poverty line. The site is organized into sections that cover Ideas in Action, recent news items, exclusive commentary provided by influential individuals fighting for those who live at or below the poverty line, news related to the organization, and a calendar of events.

The Consumers Union has a site dedicated to the issue of health care reform. A nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, the Consumers Union is fighting for reforms to health care to make it more affordable and to elevate the quality of available care. The site offers information on how people can get involved in the fight for health care reform, in addition to health news and blogs pertaining to reform.

In addition to the websites listed above, there are several library resources that provide access to a wealth of information regarding all aspects of the proposed health care reforms. CQ Researcher, Gallery Watch CRS Reports, and CQ Weekly are just a few of the many valuable resources for research on health care reform. Access these databases and more through the Databases & Indexes page on the University Libraries homepage.

If you have any questions about researching health care reform, please contact our Political Science, Public Administration & Policy, and Law Bibliographer, Richard Irving. He can be reached by email at rirving@uamail.albany.edu or by calling 442-3698.

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