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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What Does the Failure of Some Co-ops and the Possible Pullout of United Healthcare Mean for the Affordable Care Act?

January 27, 2016

The exiting of co--ops and United Healthcare from marketplaces may not be the shake-up many predicted. A study from the Urban Institute reveals their exit would be felt mostly in regions where they are one of the more price-competitive insurers.


How Much Do Marketplace and Other Nongroup Enrollees Spend on Health Care Relative to Their Incomes?

December 21, 2015

Despite lower insurance rates made available by the Affordable Care Act, data show that some marketplace enrollees still face high financial burdens relative to their incomes.


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.

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