Washington-Based Coalition Studies Impact of Expanded Insurance Trying to Build Broader Consensus on Reform

The Health Coverage Coalition for the Uninsured worked to forge a consensus agreement to extend health insurance coverage to significant numbers of the uninsured.

With grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), The Economic and Social Research Institute, The Lewin Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers helped the coalition to:

  • Identify relevant policy proposals for increasing coverage of the uninsured.
  • Create economic models to estimate the financial and coverage impact of these proposals.

Key Results

  • The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) provided the coalition with descriptions of groups of uninsured individuals and helped "match" these groups with policy solutions to increase their access to insurance coverage.

  • ESRI summarized its policy research in three documents.

  • The Lewin Group produced economic simulation models with estimates of the costs and coverage impacts of four proposals to cover the uninsured.

Key Findings

  • The Lewin Group calculated that:

    • The baseline proposal could provide insurance coverage to some 15.3 million of the 49.1 million people estimated to be uninsured in 2006.
    • The most extensive proposal could provide insurance coverage to a total of 25.5 million of the 49.1 million uninsured.