Health Policy

Providing research, insight and analysis on key issues affecting health and health care in the United States.

As the number of adverse childhood experiences increase so does the risk for negative health outcomes.


Health Affairs/RWJF Health Policy Issue Briefs

In partnership with RWJF, Health Affairs provides clear, accessible overviews of timely and important health policy topics for policymakers, journalists, and others concerned about improving health care in the United States. The briefs explore competing arguments made on various sides of a policy proposal and point out wherever possible the relevant research behind each perspective.

Latest Health Affairs/RWJF Health Policy Issue Briefs


High-Deductible Health Plans

February 4, 2016 | Issue Brief

A health policy brief by Health Affairs explains that as high-deductible health plans become increasingly prevalent in both group and individual markets, it remains to be seen how they will affect health care access and outcomes.


Health Affairs Health Policy Briefs

January 27, 2016

Health Policy Briefs provide clear, accessible overviews of timely and important health policy topics that are geared toward policymakers, congressional staffers, and others who need short, jargon-free explanations of health policy basics.


Transparency in Clinical Research

January 14, 2016 | Issue Brief

Lack of transparency in clinical research has serious implications for health system. Although previous efforts have failed to fully address the problem, recent policy initiatives offer new opportunities to address outstanding issues.


Dietary Guidelines for Americans

December 14, 2015 | Issue Brief

Dietary guidelines published by the federal government form the basis for all federal nutrition policies, including the National School Lunch Program, which serves thirty-one million children daily.

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Health Reform

Reform By the Numbers

Get timely data on the impact of Health Reform.

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Public Opinion Polling

Polling the Nation

Working with the Harvard School of Public Health and National Public Radio, RWJF conducts nationwide polls on important health policy issues.

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