New survey data from the Urban Institute's Health Reform Monitoring Survey explore health care affordability under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and find that 9.4 million fewer families had problems paying medical bills in early 2015 than just before the rollout of the health insurance marketplaces and Medicaid expansion in 2013. The number of adults who struggled to pay medical debt declined from 22.0 percent in September 2013 to 17.3 percent in March 2015.
May 21, 2015
New data and commentary are available on changes in the cost-sharing provisions of insurance plans available in Affordable Care Act marketplaces. RWJF's Kathy Hempstead examined 2014 and 2015 Silver Plan data for all 50 states, offering the first analysis of how exchange markets and individual plans have changed from year to year.
May 15, 2015
New research from the Urban Institute examines the compounding effects that a Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell would have for residents of 20 states that decided not to expand Medicaid or take full responsibility for operating their insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act. Researchers find that 9.8 million fewer residents in these states would have health insurance in 2016, and the states would miss out on $721 billion in federal funding from 2016 to 2025.
May 14, 2015
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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.
Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) at the University of Pennsylvania provides insight into what health insurance exchange features are most effective and what factors explain state variation.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
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New research from the Urban Institute looks at how insurance companies responded to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) provision that at least 80 percent of consumer premiums must now go to spending on actual care or quality improvement efforts, otherwise known as the medical loss ratio (MLR). The report identifies key factors in insurers meeting the MLR, including increased beneficiary claims, and slower growth in premium costs, among others.
May 13, 2015
New data from the Altarum Center for Sustainable Health Spending suggests the increased rate of growth in health spending noted in late 2014 has persisted into early 2015. Kathy Hempstead explores the data in a new blog post finding health care spending in January and February 2015 is 6.5 percent higher than in 2013, a continuation of trends observed in late 2014.
April 24, 2015