Meeting of Researchers Explores Ways Tax Credits Might Expand Health Care Coverage

Meeting to explore demonstration or simulation methods of testing after-tax credits and vouchers for health care coverage

In 1999, Health Systems Research — a Washington public policy research and consulting firm acquired by Altarum in 2006 — organized a meeting of researchers and other experts to explore ways that tax credits might be used to expand health care coverage.

Key Results

  • The meeting — "Tax Credits as a Mechanism for Expanding Health Care Coverage: Exploring Strategies to Address Unanswered Questions," — took place on December 16, 1999, in Washington, and was attended by 28 health policy experts and researchers. Key themes included:
    • What is the current understanding of potential impacts and design issues associated with changes in tax policy?
    • What factors determine the extent to which any of these changes in tax policy occur?
    • To what extent can non-experimental research strategies address current information gaps?
    • How feasible would it be to develop an experiment to learn more about the effects of changes in tax policy on health insurance?

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this project through a grant of $59,784.

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