A new report authored by researchers at the Urban Institute finds that large 2017 premium increases are, to a great extent, due to underpricing in earlier years of reform. The analysis also finds huge variation across states and rating regions in the average increase of the lowest-cost silver premiums in individual Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace plans. Arizona experienced the highest average increase, which was a highly publicized 125 percent, while the average premium for the low cost options in Arkansas decreased by 4 percent.
January 12, 2017
A new issue brief by researchers at the Urban Institute examines how the proposed partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through a reconciliation bill would affect uncompensated care spending. Researchers found that over a 10-year period uncompensated care spending would increase by $1.1 trillion. Federal funding would not match this growth, increasing the burden on state and local governments and health care providers, and increasing unmet medical needs.
January 5, 2017
A new report by researchers at the Urban Institute examines the issue of high insurance premiums plaguing some health plans offered on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces along with potential solutions. However, the authors posit that the potential policy solutions are not one-size-fits-all—meaning some markets may require different fixes than their neighbors.
January 4, 2017
The Altarum Center for Sustainable Health Spending tracks national health spending, prices, utilization and jobs through their monthly Health Sector Trend Reports.Learn more
ACAView assesses the impact of the ACA on provider access, patient financial obligation, health status of new patients, physician revenue cycle, and provider reimbursement.Learn more
Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) Compare compiles information on benefits and costs of health plans offered through the marketplaces in all 50 states and DC. It includes data on premiums, network composition, deductibles, and more.
The Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute conducts research on the complex and developing relationship between state and federal oversight of health insurance markets.Learn more
National Association of Insurance Commissioners data from health, life, fraternal, and property/casualty carriers include information on number of policies, federal and state taxes, health premiums earned, and more.Learn more
The Hospital ACA Monitoring Project (HAMP) provides quarterly hospital utilization data from 24 state hospital associations on all inpatient admissions and emergency departement (ED) visits by payer.Learn more
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), located at the University of Minnesota, helps states to monitor rates of health insurance coverage and provides technical assistance.Learn more
Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX) 2.0 tracks each state's key ACA implementation decisions and examines variation in exchanges—starting with governance as well as consumer assistance, benefit design, and more.Learn more
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In order to get a full picture of the lives of the uninsured and explore their feelings around enrolling in health insurance, RWJF commissioned a national survey, conducted by PerryUndem and GMMB, with uninsured adults at the conclusion of the second open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace.
A new report by researchers at the Urban Institute examines the 19 million people who gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Coverage rates increased broadly across age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, and state. Of those nonelderly adults who gained coverage, a large share (87% or 14.1 million) did not have a college degree; and within this group, 44 percent were non-Hispanic whites. Fifty-seven percent of the children and adults gaining coverage were nonwhite or Hispanic.
December 22, 2016
A new RWJF analysis examines the most recent Altarum Institute trend report and finds that since the period of rapid coverage expansion ended in 2015, aggregate health care spending growth has not returned to pre-ACA levels. Notably, for the first time in quite a while, health care services spending is growing faster than spending on prescription drugs.
November 22, 2016