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January Research Round Up: What We’re Reading

For the January Research Round Up, CHIR’s Olivia Hoppe goes over new research that examines the root of high health care spending in the US, the effects of eliminating the individual mandate penalty in California, insurer participation in the individual market, and characteristics of the uninsured population across the country.

January 2018 Research Round Up: What We’re Reading

In the past month, new research highlights the regressive effects of high health plan cost sharing. In our first post for CHIRblog’s new What We’re Reading series, CHIR’s Olivia Hoppe dives into some recent health insurance and financial equity research.

Telemedicine: Another Tool in the Toolkit to Meet Network Adequacy Standards?

Health plans have been increasingly narrowing their provider networks, raising concerns about gaps in access to services for consumers, particularly in areas with provider shortages. Could telemedicine be used to help fill those gaps? CHIR authors say not yet and summarizes key findings from a new report published in partnership with the Urban Institute and with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Delay the Individual Mandate? Why That’s a Bad Idea.

The Urban Institute has published a helpful analysis of proposals to delay the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate provisions. The authors detail why such proposals would have disastrous consequences for the millions of consumers expected to benefit from the law. Sabrina Corlette took a look and shares why delaying the individual mandate is tantamount to repealing the ACA itself.

New Report Examines Early Indications of Insurer Participation and Competition in Health Insurance Exchanges

One of the key goals of the Affordable Care Act is to make health insurance coverage more affordable and consumer-friendly by managing competition among health insurers through the creation of health insurance exchanges. A new report from researchers at the Urban Institute and CHIR released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explores state actions to encourage or require participation on exchanges, and early indications of the level of competition among health insurers. Kevin Lucia highlights some of the findings from the report.

ACA Reforms Free Up Entrepreneurs to Focus on Their Business

Entrepreneurs with dreams of venturing out to start their own business must now navigate a “wild west” of inadequate and unaffordable insurance options. But the Affordable Care Act’s reforms will change that for entrepreneurs like Joe and Virginia Murphy. JoAnn Volk tells their story.

The ACA: Improving Incentives for Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment

Before the ACA, many people were hesitant to launch their own business because they feared losing their employer-sponsored coverage, a phenomenon called “job lock.” Sabrina Corlette discusses a new Georgetown-Urban Institute report projects that the ACA’s insurance reforms will lead as many as 1.5 million more Americans to become self-employed.

Diving Deep on Two New Rate Studies

With the Affordable Care Act’s most significant reforms going into effect in 2014, attention has increasingly turned to the price tag for consumers. Following last week’s release of not one but two analyses on projected health insurance premiums in 2014, the issue is receiving headlines once again. Christine Monahan and Katie Keith report on the major findings from these two analyses and the significant distinctions between them.

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