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In Depth Analysis of Health Reform Issues

These reports provide in-depth analysis related to the health reform debate. Additional reports will be added as they become available.

Medicaid Expansion in Health Reform: National and State Estimates of Coverage and Costs
This analysis and public briefing examine the potential national and state-by-state impacts on Medicaid enrollment and spending of the expansion of coverage for low-income adults under the health reform law.

Reform Calculator Estimates Premiums and Subsidies Available In 2014
The Foundation’s interactive health reform calculator has been updated to illustrate how government assistance for insurance premiums could work under the health reform law enacted this year.

2010 Kaiser/HRET Employer Health Benefits Survey
This annual survey of employers provides a detailed look at trends in employer-sponsored health coverage, including changes in premiums, employee contributions, cost-sharing policies and other relevant information.

Side-by-Side Comparison of Major Health Care Reform Proposals
The Foundation’s interactive side-by-side health reform comparison tool reflects provisions of the final health reform law, as well as earlier versions of the legislation considered by Congress and other comprehensive reform proposals put forwarded during the debate.

Survey of People Who Purchase Their Own Insurance
This survey examines the premiums, rate increases and deductibles for people who buy health insurance on their own currently in the non-group market.

Alternatives for Financing Medicaid Expansions in Health Reform
This report examines alternative ways of financing Medicaid expansions that potentially would be more equitable and less complicated than those included in leading health reform legislation under consideration in Congress.

Health Reform Lessons From Massachusetts
Two reports and an updated fact sheet examine state-level health reform in Massachusetts and the lessons it offers for policymakers in Washington.

Health Care and the Middle Class: More Costs and Less Coverage
This issue brief examines the availability, affordability and stability of the health insurance coverage of the American middle class, defined as those with incomes of $44,000 to $88,000 for a family of four.

The Coverage and Cost Impacts of Expanding Medicaid
This paper quantifies the impacts on coverage and cost of expanding Medicaid to cover more of the low-income uninsured, including adults, at various income levels and with improved participation rates.

Rising Unemployment, Medicaid and the Uninsured
This report analyzes the relationship between increases in the unemployment rate and changes in the number of people covered by employer-sponsored health insurance, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and non-group insurance policies, as well as the financial implications for government budgets.