Health Reform Opinion Study Blog Series

The RAND Health Reform Opinion Study surveys respondents on their evolving opinions about the Affordable Care Act continuously. Through April, we'll be unpacking our most compelling findings in regular posts to the RAND Blog:

April

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    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

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    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

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    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

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More on the ACA from the RAND Blog

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    The Importance of Getting the Affordable Part of the Affordable Care Act Right

    The ACA's expansion of Medicaid and the marketplaces that sell subsidized policies have helped decrease the uninsured rate. Research on being underinsured shows that affordability at the point of care is central to keeping people healthy. For example, a new study found a significant relationship between having health insurance and better asthma control.

    Jun 17, 2022

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    Temporary Safety-Net Policies Prevented Mass Insurance Loss During the Pandemic

    Although it provided a foundation, the ACA alone could not have absorbed the effects of the pandemic's sudden job losses on health care coverage. Temporary expansions to the safety net enacted by Congress also were necessary to stem coverage loss. As the pandemic continues, policymakers will want to keep safety-net provisions as available policy options.

    Dec 13, 2021

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    How Insurance Marketplace Regulators Can Help Consumers Enroll in Better Coverage

    The Affordable Care Act simplified shopping for health care by creating the individual health insurance marketplaces where plans are categorized into labeled tiers. Consumers rely on these labels when comparing plans. But the labels don't tell consumers everything they need to know.

    Aug 2, 2021

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    ACA Subsidies for Higher-Income Families Are Key to Enrolling More Americans

    The House Ways and Means Committee has proposed several insurance reforms in its emergency COVID-19 relief package, including increasing subsidizes and extending subsidies to people with higher incomes. The proposed combined approach is a far more efficient means of covering uninsured Americans than enhancing subsidies only for those who are currently eligible.

    Mar 1, 2021

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    COVID-19: Preexisting Condition in a Post-ACA World?

    The Affordable Care Act is far from perfect, but its protections are particularly relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. If the ACA is struck down, then protections for preexisting conditions will go with it. Policymakers should consider the potential implications for millions of COVID-19 survivors.

    Nov 4, 2020