With Congress in recess, politicians, lobbyists and activists are debating the President’s health care reform proposal. But, what exactly is health care reform and what are the issues to be decided? One of the best sources of information on the various health care reform proposals that are being considered can be found on the Kaiser Family Foundation website (www.kff.org). The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own research and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with other non-profit research organizations or major media companies.

The site includes, among other materials, a history of health care reform efforts in the United States, a side-byside comparison of the current healthcare reform proposals and a section that explains the basics of health care reform, to include (a) how it might be financed, (b) what are these insurance exchanges that the President keeps referring to and (c) what is the employer “pay-or-play” requirement. For human resource professionals and benefit plan managers, this site should provide useful information on how health care reform may affect your company.