October 17, 2014: The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), in collaboration with the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the new State Health Policy Grant Program. A webinar to answer researchers’ questions regarding the RFP will be held at 3:00 pm (ET) on October 27, 2014.

Contact:

For HCCI:
Jemma Weymouth, 301-280-5706
jweymouth@burnesscommunications.com

For NASHP:
Jennifer Laudano, 202-507-7584
jlaudano@nashp.org

HCCI AND NASHP RELEASE RFP FOR
STATE HEALTH POLICY GRANT PROGRAM


Informational Webinar Will Take Place on October 27, 2014; Proposals Due by End of November

Washington, D.C. – The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), in collaboration with the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the new State Health Policy Grant Program. A webinar to answer researchers’ questions regarding the RFP will be held at 3:00 pm (ET) on October 27, 2014.

The purpose of the State Health Policy Grant Program is to engage academic researchers and state officials in evaluating the effects of policy change within and across states at a particularly dynamic time.  HCCI and NASHP are seeking state engagement and input for the grants and dissemination of grantees’ findings within the state health policy community. The Program is funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

HCCI will award five grants to qualified researchers of up to $150,000 plus a travel budget and in-kind support, in the form of data access through HCCI’s data enclave. The enclave contains multi-year claims data for more than 40 million Americans enrolled in employer health plans. Awards will be announced by January 31, 2015.  Deliverables include a presentation at the NASHP annual conference in October 2015, an issue brief and a webinar to share research findings.

To register for the webinar and download the RFP, Research License Agreement and FAQ, please go to www.healthcostinstitute.org/state-health-policy-grant-program.

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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 @healthcostinst.

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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