Quick Strike Health Policy Analysis

Timely briefings examining a wide variety health insurance coverage issues in the United States.

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Quick Strike Health Policy Analysis briefs and reports provide timely briefings on current topics related to health insurance coverage and health care costs for policymakers, journalists, and others concerned about improving health care in the United States.

They are produced by the Urban Institute through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Urban Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research and educational organization that examines the social, economic and governance problems facing the nation. For more information, visit http://www.urban.org.

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Millions of Unisured Qualify For Health Coverage with Special Enrollment Periods

November 1, 2015

Of the estimated 33.5 million people who experience a live-changing event that ends their health insurance coverage each year, fewer than 15 percent take advantage of their qualification for the Special Enrollment Period to enroll in a health plan.


The ACA's "Cadillac" Tax Versus a Cap on the Tax Exclusion of Employer-Based Health Benefits: Is This a Battle Worth Fighting?

October 22, 2015

Repealing the "Cadillac tax" without replacing it with a workable alternative would result in $87 billion less in federal revenue over a five-year time period.


Where Might Premiums Be Heading?

October 14, 2015

In an effort to provide consumers with high-value health plans, the medical loss ratio (MLR) provisions of the ACA require insurers to spend at least 80 percent of individual premium costs on patient care and quality improvement efforts.


Has Faster Health Care Spending Growth Returned?

August 5, 2015

Urban Institute research shows the 2014 increase in national health expenditures is mostly attributable to 10.6M Americans gaining health coverage, not an increase in the price of health services or health care spending per insured American.


Overview of the Pending King v. Burwell Case

June 15, 2015

The Supreme Court will announce their finding in the King v. Burwell case on whether or not the government can continue to provide tax credits and cost-sharing reductions to residents of federal marketplace states.

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