September 9 , 2014: The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) announced today that they are launching a new grant program to fund research studies that will analyze how the states are implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other health reforms.

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HCCI AND NASHP ANNOUNCE NEW GRANT PROGRAM
FOR STATE HEALTH REFORM RESEARCH


Project funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation will shed light on local effects of the Affordable Care Act and other health system reforms

Washington, D.C. – The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) announced today that they are launching a new grant program to fund research studies that will analyze how the states are implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other health reforms. The ultimate goal of the new State Health Policy Grant Program will be to enhance understanding of how the states are trying to improve their health care systems as well as the impacts of those improvements.

The Program is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), a private foundation that has committed more than $25 million dollars to organizations that are working to improve value in the health care system. Funding for this grant program will support five research projects that will shed light on the outcomes of state-based initiatives in an effort to identify the most effective ways to improve health care quality and lower costs.

“The states have a crucial role to play in the future of health reform,” LJAF Director of Venture Development Kelli Rhee explained.  “As policymakers and health care leaders decide how to regulate and finance large-scale health care and health insurance models, they will need sound research to help them make the best decisions for their states. This grant program will make a significant contribution to health policy and practice.”

To carry out the Program, HCCI and NASHP will convene an independent committee composed of health policy experts to review and award grants for the Program. NASHP will highlight the initiative at its 27th Annual State Health Policy Conference in Atlanta on October 6-8.

“Many reforms, even beyond those enacted by the ACA, are currently underway throughout the United States,” said Catherine Hess, Managing Director at NASHP. “Understanding the ways in which states are trying to transform their health care systems, as well as the short- and long-term consequences of these efforts, is key for state policymakers.  This initiative will make an important contribution to building a knowledge base about these state reforms.”

Researchers funded by the Program will have access to HCCI’s repository of commercial claims data for over 50 million insured Americans, which is one of the largest private health insurance claims databases of its kind.

“Currently, we have limited information on the emerging effects of health care reform implementation within the states,” said HCCI Executive Director David Newman. “This Program will help fill that gap by prioritizing data-centered research, which will provide the most credible information resource to inform policymakers and consumers alike.”

Interested researchers should contact Paul Hewitt, HCCI’s Director of Policy (phewitt@healthcostinstitute.org). Interested health care leaders and policy makers should visitgrantprogram.nashp.org.

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About the Health Care Cost Institute

The Health Care Cost Institute was launched in 2011 to promote independent, nonpartisan research and analysis on the causes of the rise in U.S. health spending. HCCI is governed by aboard that includes distinguished economists, actuaries and health care experts. For more information, visit www.healthcostinstitute.org or follow us on Twitter @healthcostinstitute.

About NASHP

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is an independent academy of state health policymakers who are dedicated to helping states achieve excellence in health policy and practice. A non-profit and non-partisan organization, NASHP provides a forum for constructive work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health policy issues. For more information visit www.nashp.org.

About the Laura and John Arnold Foundation

LJAF is a private foundation committed to producing substantial, widespread, and lasting reforms that will maximize opportunities and minimize injustice in our society. Its strategic investments are currently focused on criminal justice, education, public accountability, and research integrity. LJAF has offices in Houston and New York City. www.arnoldfoundation.org.

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