Health Reform: By The Numbers

A source for timely and unique data about the impact of national health reform.

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Reform by the Numbers provides timely data and insights into key issues related to Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage expansion and ACA implementation and impact.

The collection includes research and analysis supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from organizations including Altarum Center on Sustainable Health Spending, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, Mathematica Policy Research, State Health Data Access Assistance Center, State Health Reform Assistance Network, and the Urban Institute. It also includes regular commentary on health reform implementation and national health spending by Katherine Hempstead, a senior adviser for RWJF programs focused on health coverage and health care price transparency and value.

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Stepping into the Breach

November 9, 2017 | Report

The Urban Institute reports that state regulators and health care insurers worked to successfully ensure all counties in the U.S. will have at least one health insurer for plan year 2018.

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How Have Providers Responded to the Increased Demand for Health Care Under the Affordable Care Act?

November 1, 2017 | Brief

Interviews conducted by researchers at the Urban Institute suggest that health care providers have adapted to the increased demand for services caused by the ACA.

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Marketplace Pulse: Marketplace Shifts as National Carriers Withdraw

October 24, 2017 | Brief

A season of tumultuous changes was capped off by the announcement that the Administration would suspend payments to carriers for cost sharing reductions (CSR)s.

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Beyond the Coverage Bump: Is Spending Growth Returning to Pre-ACA Levels?

October 10, 2017 | Brief

As seen in the health care spending trend report from Altarum, health care spending growth was estimated at just under 4 percent for the second quarter of 2017, a level not seen since 2014.

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Marketplace Pulse: Leaky Risk Pools Sink Markets

August 16, 2017 | Brief

States may be able to improve their individual markets by eliminating transition products and restricting the sale of limited coverage.

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Health Reform Monitoring Survey

The  Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS) is a quarterly household survey tracking a variety of health and health care factors, resulting in information on implementation issues under the Affordable Care Act, changes in health insurance coverage and related health outcomes.

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