Studying Massachusetts health reform to gauge national reform's impact on health care cost, insurance and labor markets, and the economy as a whole

The Foundation's program, State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE), was designed to support research and evaluation of state health reform initiatives and develop an evidence base for future state and federal reform initiatives.This project will evaluate health reform as carried out in Massachusetts with four aims: (1) estimate the welfare gain from using a mandate to reduce adverse selection; (2) model the impact of an individual mandate and subsidized health insurance on the labor market; (3) study the way in which health insurance expansions affect financial risk; and (4) model risk preferences and risk types to understand the causes of uninsurance. Deliverables will include published academic papers; presentations at academic conferences (e.g., American Society of Health Economists, American Economic Association, AcademyHealth); presentations to government agencies (e.g., the Department of Health and Human Services) and policymakers; and a policy brief detailing the project's progress and how the work can inform policy on both state and federal levels.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $200,000.00

Awarded on: 6/21/2012

Time frame: 7/1/2012 - 9/30/2014

Grant Number: 70162


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Jonathan Kolstad
Project Director


Amanda Ellen Kowalski
Project Director