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


Antibiotic Resistance

May 21, 2015 | Issue Brief

While there are a number of drugs designed to treat bacterial infections, resistant strains are emerging at a rate that is currently outpacing the development of effective new drugs.


Medicaid Primary Care Parity

May 11, 2015 | Issue Brief

Health Affairs and RWJF examine how states have dealt with the expiration of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid primary care fee bump.


Right-to-Try Laws

March 5, 2015 | Issue Brief

Some states have passed legislation intended to expand access to experimental treatments for patients with serious or life-threatening conditions.


The Two-Midnight Rule

January 22, 2015 | Issue Brief

Hospitals are paid differently for treating inpatients versus outpatients. With a new rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has tried to clarify when it is appropriate to admit someone as an inpatient.

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News Digest

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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