Monitoring the Affordable Care Act by creating a publicly available database to document variation in characteristics of state marketplaces, Year 1

This project will document variation in characteristics of the health insurance marketplace (HIM). The grantees are developing a coding strategy to quantify the variation to make it possible to relate other observable measures (e.g., income distribution, uninsurance, existing state insurance regulations) to HIM design decisions. A systematic, comparable measure across states is also key to analyzing the impact those differences have on people and market outcomes, and to paving the way for better decision-making as states revise their insurance marketplaces to increase enrollment and improve operations. The two specific deliverables will be: (1) a publicly available database that contains the results of the coding process, that is structured to retain all prior coding to enable tracking changes over time, and that will be updated throughout the project; and (2) a publicly available codebook to explain the coding process and the codes for each category. An additional deliverable will be a public-use dataset for inclusion in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health and Medical Care Archive.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $150,000.00

Awarded on: 11/6/2013

Time frame: 11/1/2013 - 10/31/2014

Grant Number: 71357


University of Pennsylvania Law School

3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, 19104-6204


Thomas Baker
Project Director


Robert J. Town
Project Director