Policy Briefs


In addition to survey results, Urban Institute's Health Policy Center is producing a series of briefs drawing on the Health Reform Monitoring Survey, a quarterly survey of the nonelderly that is using Internet-based survey methods to monitor the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before data from federal government surveys are available.


The briefs provide information on health insurance coverage, access to and use of health care, health care affordability, and self-reported health status, as well as timely data on important implementation issues under the ACA.


Current briefs in the series:


Over Half of Nonelderly Adults Support Either a Public Option or Medicare for All, with More Preferring a Public Option
December 3, 2019


What Explains Support for or Opposition to Medicare for All?
August 7, 2019


Many Adults Targeted by Medicaid Work Requirements Face Barriers to Sustained Employment
May 30, 2019


Health Care Coverage, Access, and Affordability for Children and Parents: New Findings from March 2018
September 6, 2018


With Nongroup Premiums Rising Sharply, Several Proposals to Reduce Premium Growth Have Strong Support
March 13, 2018


What Explains Attitudes toward the Individual Mandate?
November 21, 2017


How Patients Think about Their Health Care
September 15, 2017


Do Patients Trust Their Providers?
September 15, 2017


Patients Feel Comfortable Talking to Their Providers about Sensitive Issues, but Providers Don’t Often Ask
September 15, 2017


Adults Who Would Be Most Affected by ACA Repeal Support Keeping Core ACA Provisions
June 14, 2017


Poor Treatment by Health Care Providers and Staff Is More Common among Vulnerable Populations
October 24, 2016


Health Care Coverage, Access, and Affordability for Children and Parents: New Estimates from March 2016
September 14, 2016


Federally Qualified Health Centers’ Importance in the Safety Net Continues as Affordable Care Act Implementation Moves Ahead
August 26, 2016


Federally Qualified Health Center Users Continue to Have Limited Options for Health Care under Health Reform and Give Federally Qualified Health Centers Mixed Reviews
August 26, 2016


Employer-Sponsored Insurance Stays Strong, with No Signs of Decay under the ACA: Findings through March 2016
July 13, 2016


Health Insurance Coverage under the ACA as of March 2016
May 25, 2016


Health Care Access and Affordability among Low- and Moderate-Income Insured and Uninsured Adults under the Affordable Care Act
April 21, 2016


Time for a Checkup: Changes in Health Insurance Coverage, Health Care Access and Affordability, and Plan Satisfaction among Parents and Children between 2013 and 2015
January 6, 2016


Changes in Insurance Coverage, Access to Care, and Health Care Affordability for Women of Childbearing Age
October 27, 2015


A Look at Remaining Uninsured Adults as of March 2015
August 17, 2015


Employer Sponsored Insurance Continues to Remain Stable under the ACA: Findings from June 2013 through March 2015
June 3, 2015


Most Adults with Medical Debt Had Health Insurance at the Time the Debt Was Incurred
May 21, 2015


9.4 Million Fewer Families Are Having Problems Paying Medical Bills
May 21, 2015


Gains in Health Insurance Coverage under the ACA as of March 2015
April 16, 2015


Health Care Costs Are a Barrier to Care for Many Women
January 7, 2015


Taking Stock: Health Insurance Coverage under the ACA as of September 2014
December 3, 2014


Low Levels of Self-Reported Literacy and Numeracy Create Barriers to Obtaining and Using Health Insurance Coverage
October 27, 2014


A First Look at Children's Health Insurance Coverage under the ACA in 2014
September 9, 2014


Taking Stock: Health Insurance Coverage for Parents under the ACA in 2014
September 9, 2014


Navigating the Marketplace: How Uninsured Adults Have Been Looking for Coverage
July 29, 2014


Who Are the Remaining Uninsured as of June 2014?
July 29, 2014


Taking Stock at Mid-Year: Health Insurance Coverage under the ACA as of June 2014
July 29, 2014


Increase in Medicaid under the ACA Reduces Uninsurance, According to Early Estimates
June 25, 2014


Obtaining Information on Marketplace Health Plans: Websites Dominate but Key Groups Also Use Other Sources
June 9, 2014


Who Are the Newly Insured as of Early March 2014?
May 22, 2014


Early Estimates Indicate Rapid Increase in Health Insurance Coverage under the ACA: A Promising Start
April 15, 2014


Health Care Access and Cost Barriers for Adults with Physical or Mental Health Issues: Evidence of Significant Gaps as the ACA Marketplaces Opened their Doors
April 4, 2014


Who among the Uninsured Do Not Plan to Look for Health Insurance in the ACA Marketplaces?
March 21, 2014


Who Has Been Looking for Information in the ACA Marketplaces? Why? And How?
March 5, 2014


Looking Behind Opinion Polling on the Affordable Care Act
February 26, 2014


Large Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health Insurance Literacy Signal Need for Targeted Education and Outreach
February 6, 2014


Most Adults Are Not Aware of Health Reform's Coverage Provisions
February 6, 2014


Expectations for Health Care Quality, Access, and Costs in 2014
February 4, 2014


Access and Affordability on the Verge of Health Reform
January 28, 2014


Pre-Reform Health Care Access and Affordability within the ACA's Medicaid Target Population
January 28, 2014


Pre-Reform Access and Affordability for the ACA's Subsidy-Eligible Population
January 28, 2014


Early ACA Market Reforms: Who Has Been Affected So Far?
January 21, 2014


What Health Insurance Coverage Changes Are the Uninsured Anticipating for 2014?
January 21, 2014


How the Currently Uninsured Perceive the Cost and Affordability of Health Insurance Coverage
January 7, 2014


Prior Experience with the Nongroup Health Insurance Market: Implications for Enrollment under the Affordable Care Act
January 7, 2014


Public Understanding of Basic Health Insurance Concepts on the Eve of Health Reform
December 18, 2013


Uninsured Adults Eligible for Medicaid and Health Insurance Literacy
December 18, 2013


Factors Influencing Health Plan Choice among the Marketplace Target Population on the Eve of Health Reform
December 18, 2013

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