Health Legislation

  • Blog

    Tracking the ACA with the RAND Health Reform Opinion Study

    The HROS uses panel data to track changes in public opinion regarding the Affordable Care Act and insurance coverage. By surveying the same respondents each month, the HROS observes not only aggregate changes, but also individual changes in opinion or insurance coverage over time.

    Apr 22, 2014

  • Blog

    RAND Health Reform Opinion Study: Few Changes After Open Enrollment

    At the close of the ACA's open enrollment period, no significant changes in opinion were observed in the RAND Health Reform Opinion Study. This may be because open enrollment has no bearing on the health insurance of many people.

    Apr 16, 2014

  • News Release

    Affordable Care Act Could Change Costs for Auto, Malpractice, Other Liability Insurance

    As more Americans become newly covered under the ACA, the cost of providing automobile insurance, workers compensation, and homeowners insurance may decline. But an increase in the number of people using the health care system may trigger an increase in the number of medical malpractice claims.

    Apr 9, 2014

  • Research Brief

    The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Liability Insurance

    Summarizes a report that identifies potential mechanisms through which health care reform might affect claim costs for several major types of liability coverage, especially auto insurance, workers’ compensation coverage, and medical malpractice.

    Apr 9, 2014

  • Report

    ACA Could Change Costs of Auto, Malpractice, and Other Liability Insurance

    As more Americans become newly covered under the Affordable Care Act, the cost of providing automobile insurance, workers compensation, and homeowners insurance may decline. Meanwhile, an increase in the number of people using the health care system may trigger a corresponding increase in the number of medical malpractice claims.

    Apr 9, 2014

  • Blog

    Survey Estimates Net Gain of 9.3 Million American Adults with Health Insurance

    Early survey evidence indicates that the Affordable Care Act has already led to a substantial increase in insurance coverage. Consistent with the ACA's design, this gain in insurance has come not only from new enrollment in the marketplaces, but also from new enrollment in employer coverage and Medicaid.

    Apr 8, 2014

  • Report

    Changes in Health Insurance Enrollment Since 2013: Evidence from the RAND Health Reform Opinion Study

    This paper examines changes in enrollment in health care coverage in the wake of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act using results from the RAND's Health Reform Opinion Study.

    Apr 8, 2014

  • Blog

    Is the ACA Keeping a Lid on Growth in Healthcare Spending?

    Some point to the healthcare spending slowdown as an early success of the Affordable Care Act. Others warn that it's merely a hangover from the recession, and that the inevitable spending rebound will be exacerbated by the ACA coverage expansions.

    Apr 3, 2014

  • Report

    Final Report: Evaluation of Tools and Metrics to Support Employer Selection of Health Plans

    This report attempts to help employers understand the structural differences between health plans and the performance dimensions along which plans can differ, as well as to educate employers about available tools to evaluate plan options.

    Apr 3, 2014

  • Blog

    Assessing and Addressing Women's Health and Health Care

    Women make up a majority of the U.S. population. Yet research policies and practices often treat women's health and health care as special topics or minority issues. The resulting knowledge gaps hamstring efforts to improve women's health care and outcomes even for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death among women.

    Mar 28, 2014

  • Blog

    RAND Health Reform Opinion Study: Attitudes Shift as the ACA's Open Enrollment Draws to a Close

    A brighter spotlight on the Affordable Care Act due to its impending open enrollment deadline on March 31 may be further polarizing an already divided populace.

    Mar 27, 2014

  • Blog

    Many Americans Are Confused About the Affordable Care Act

    In a nationally representative sample of more than 6,000 Americans, researchers found an acute lack of understanding among low-income people regarding finances in general, and health reform and health insurance in particular.

    Mar 26, 2014

  • Research Brief

    A Health Care Puzzler

    An American Life Panel survey finds that a lack of knowledge about health reform and health insurance is especially acute among the poor, less educated, young, and females. This presents challenges for implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

    Mar 24, 2014

  • Blog

    RAND Health Reform Opinion Study: Steep Decline in Favorable Opinion

    With the end of the ACA's open enrollment period looming on March 31, it is perhaps unsurprising that opinions are again changing in a significant way. The final push to encourage or discourage enrollment may be renewing public attention to the ACA.

    Mar 19, 2014

  • Blog

    Checking the ACA's Vital Signs

    Despite pervasive challenges associated with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the administration remains optimistic about its fate. Critics, however, have seized upon the recent mishaps as evidence of the ACA's inevitable demise.

    Mar 17, 2014

  • Blog

    Physicians' Concerns About Electronic Health Records: Implications and Steps Towards Solutions

    If practicing physicians are correct, the current state of EHR technology has introduced several impediments to providing patient care, undermining physician professional satisfaction. Many of these problems also should be of great concern to patients.

    Mar 12, 2014

  • Blog

    RAND Health Reform Opinion Study: Are ACA Opinions Unstable?

    For many individuals, opinion is not stable. New information—whether gleaned from the media; interactions with health care providers, insurers, or peers; or some other channel—could lead to further changes in opinion.

    Mar 11, 2014

  • Blog

    Who Does the Affordable Care Act Leave Behind?

    Although one of the primary objectives of the ACA is to achieve near-universal health insurance coverage, the Congressional Budget Office projects that 30 million residents, more than 10 percent of the nonelderly population, will remain uninsured after the major provisions of the ACA take full effect.

    Mar 7, 2014

  • Blog

    RAND Health Reform Opinion Study: Positive Opinion on the ACA Rises

    This week, more than 38 percent of respondents reported a favorable opinion of the ACA. This is the highest level of favorable opinion we've seen since we began the RHROS in September.

    Mar 5, 2014

  • Blog

    Employer Mandate Delay II: Nothing to See Here

    Amid mounting political pressure and angst in the business community, the Obama administration announced an additional delay in enforcing the employer mandate component of the Affordable Care Act for some firms until 2016. The additional delay will have little impact.

    Mar 3, 2014

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