States continue to play a critical role in the implementation of health reform. States have made different choices in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including whether to establish a State-Based Marketplace, use a Federal-State Partnership Model, or participate in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace. States also have made different decisions regarding Medicaid expansion, with several states opting to implement an early (pre-2014) expansion for adults without dependent children, some states expanding in 2014, and several states negotiating unique Medicaid expansion approaches post-2014. Further, some states are experimenting with new payment and delivery systems that integrate health care services, and exploring opportunities to bridge health and social sectors to improve population health.
This solicitation seeks to fund timely policy-relevant studies with strong empirical designs that will inform policy and health reform implementation. Eligible studies may be of a single state, groups of states, or national analyses that use state-level data. We are primarily interested in timely studies which have policy relevance.