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This research brief describes work documented in Federalism and Health System Reform: Prospects for State Action (RP-647), Some Pitfalls in Making Cost Estimates of State Health Insurance Coverage Expansions (RP-519), Challenges of State Health Reform: Variations in Ten States (RP-677) and Geographic Variation in Physician Visits for Uninsured Children: The Role of the Safety Net (RP-798).

Excerpt: These and related issues are explored in a series of studies by economists Stephen Long and Susan Marquis. Their work draws on data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Family Health Insurance and Employer surveys, conducted in 1993-1994 in Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. Collectively, these states are similar to all states in their health care systems and population characteristics, and span the variation observed in all 50 states in important population and health policy characteristics. The surveys, which Long and Marquis designed in collaboration with leading survey organizations, compiled extensive insurance, utilization, health status, and demographic information.

The research summarized in this Research Highlight was supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J.

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