RAND advances understanding of health and health behaviors and examines how the organization and financing of care affect costs, quality, and access. RAND's body of research—conducted primarily through the RAND Health division—includes innovative studies of health insurance, health care reform, health information technology, and women's health, as well as topical concerns such as obesity, complementary and alternative medicine, and PTSD in veterans and survivors of catastrophe.
With the complex process of implementing the ACA underway, RAND research is tracking the progress of implementation and assessing the potential consequences of choices facing federal and state governments, employers, families, and individuals.
In its second term, the Obama Administration can restrain further health care spending growth—without compromising quality—by employing four broad strategies: fostering efficient and accountable providers, engaging and empowering consumers, promoting population health, and facilitating high-value innovation.
U.S. workplace wellness programs are prevalent, and most observers expect uptake to grow, especially as the Affordable Care Act will increase employment-based coverage and promotes workplace wellness programs through numerous provisions. But there is currently insufficient evidence to definitively assess their impact on health outcomes and cost.
2014 will be an important year for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Health insurance exchanges will offer people new ways to buy insurance. Medicaid will expand in many states. And people without “minimum essential coverage” may have to pay a fee.
Stories in RAND's flagship journal discuss U.S. and Mexican immigration and labor reforms; British, French, and German defense policies in the face of austerity; seven ramifications of the Affordable Care Act; and the cost-effectiveness of correctional education programs.
Stories discuss the harms caused by sexual assault in the military; the prospects for minimalist international interventions; cyber threats and nations' responses to them; and the rising costs of dementia in the United States.
Awareness of sexual violence within the U.S. military has grown over the past decade, but barriers still exist for servicemembers who report the crimes and seek psychological health care. A research agenda needs to take full account of the types of damage being done.
Dementia costs Americans hundreds of billions of dollars per year, and the annual cost could top half a trillion by 2040 due to the “graying” of the U.S. population. This infographic shows the soaring economic costs and caseload of dementia.
This annual report describes Arroyo's research activities in 2012, with profiles of its five programs providing a close look at the year's research agenda. RAND Arroyo Center is the Army's federally funded research and development center for studies and analyses. Its mission is to help Army leaders make decisions that are informed by independent, objective, high-quality analysis.
Have you ever come home with a grocery bag full of food that you didn't mean to buy? That's because you might have less control over your food choices than you think.
A teen who starts working for pay while still in school may be more than eight times as likely to report tobacco use than peers who don't start working while in school.
RAND's November 2012 Politics Aside weekend brought together leaders in government policy, business, and philanthropy to discuss challenges and solutions in an objective, nonpartisan environment.
The cover story focuses on nine key issues in the 2012 U.S. presidential election: income inequality, health care costs, immigration reform, energy options, education, al Qaeda, Iraq, democratization in the Middle East, and China.
Many single entrées at U.S. chain restaurants serve up masses of calories, fat, and sodium. This infographic breaks down just how bad a full meal can be.
Whether the Affordable Care Act is repealed, defended, or weakened will hinge on who holds the balance of power next January. Regardless of what happens with the ACA, the spiraling cost of health care in the United States will remain a huge challenge.
If the individual mandate requiring all Americans to have health insurance were eliminated, it would sharply reduce the number of people gaining coverage and slightly increase the cost for those who do buy policies through the new insurance exchanges.
Marijuana legalization will be on the ballot in at least two U.S. states in November 2012, and it is the subject of serious debate in a growing number of countries. When it comes to understanding the consequences of legalization, the devil is in the details of how the regulatory regime is designed.
Ten RAND authors highlight seven ways in which the United States can help to ensure that veterans and their families receive health care, employment and education opportunities, and other benefits.
Between 1999 and 2009, U.S. health care spending nearly doubled, climbing from $1.3 trillion to $2.5 trillion. The figures are striking, but what have they meant for individual Americans?
The confluence of three events has broadened the public health implications of prisoner reentry into California communities: the recession, state realignment, and federal health care reform.
Stories discuss world demographic trends, Afghan peace prospects, U.S. health care spending, California prisoner reentry, Latin American inequalities, global health, veterans' mental health, highway investments, teacher bonuses, and charter schools.
An interactive graphic shows four major global trends through 2050: the shifts in working-age populations, the rise of the oldest old, elderly dependency ratios, and youth dependency ratios.