Press Releases

March 2, 2015

HCCI and NASHP Announce State Health Policy Grant Recipients

March 5, 2015 – The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) have announced the recipients of the State Health Policy Grant Program. The program has selected five research projects that will analyze state health reform initiatives and policy trends.

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HCCI and NASHP Announce State Health Policy Grant Recipients

Research teams will analyze how states are implementing health system reforms

The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) have announced the recipients of the State Health Policy Grant Program. The program has selected five research projects that will analyze state health reform initiatives and policy trends. The ultimate goal of the grant program is to evaluate and report on state health policy initiatives, with the overall purpose of improving the value delivered by the U.S. health care system. HCCI and NASHP convened an independent committee of health policy experts to review submitted grant proposals. The grant recipients include:

  • University of California, Berkeley (Dr. Timothy Brown, Dr. James Robinson, and Christopher Whaley): “The Effect of Reference Based Benefits on State Healthcare Expenditures”
  • University of California, San Francisco (PI: Dr. Ulrike Muench): "The Effect of State Scope of Practice Laws on Pharmaceutical Utilization"
  • University of Chicago (PI: Dr. Rena Conti): “The Impact of Provider Consolidation on Outpatient Cancer Care Spending”
  • University of Colorado Denver  (Co-PIs: Drs. Benjamin Miller and Lynn VanderWielen): "An Evaluation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Provision of Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Services"
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center (PI: Dr. Jim Stimpson): "State-Level Analysis of Telehealth Policies"

“Future action in health care reform will occur largely at the state level,” Trish Riley, Executive Director at NASHP, explained.  “State policymakers implementing reforms need research like this to inform their thinking, offer models, and share real world lessons from other states’ experience.”

Each research team will receive a grant of up to $150,000 and will have access to HCCI’s repository of commercial claims data for over 50 million insured Americans – one of the largest private health insurance claims databases of its kind.

“Currently, we have limited information on the effects of health care reforms happening at the state level,” said HCCI Executive Director David Newman. “This grant program is funding data-driven research that will build a knowledge base about state reforms, and serve as a resource for policymakers and consumers alike.”

The grant 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.

“These research projects will help to identify key health care reforms that are delivering promising results,” LJAF Vice President of Venture Development Kelli Rhee explained. “Once we have a better understanding of what works, we can then replicate and scale those models as part of a broader effort to lower costs and improve the quality of patient care across the United States.”

More detailed descriptions on the winning research projects can be found here:


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 a board that includes distinguished economists, actuaries and health care experts. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @healthcostinst.

About the National Academy for State Health Policy
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

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. For more information, visit

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February 23, 2015

Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) Launches Guroo – To Provide Consumers With Free Access To A Health Care Transparency Tool

February 25, 2015 – The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization, announced today the introduction of, a consumer-focused website that provides national, state and local cost information for common health conditions and services using claims from multiple insurers for more than 40 million insured individuals - numbers that no one else has. The new website is free and accessible to everyone, regardless of whether they have insurance or who their insurer is.

January 20, 2015

HCCI Data Show Potential Financial Benefits Of Shopping For Health Care Services

February 3, 2015 – A new data brief from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) examines how much consumer medical care prices vary for certain elective procedures and demonstrates how much consumers could save out of their own pockets by shopping for care. The HCCI analysis shows that consumer out-of-pocket spending for common health care procedures can vary from $10 to nearly $1,000 depending on the procedure.

October 23, 2014

New Report: Spending Per Privately Insured Grew 3.9% in 2013, as Falling Utilization Offset Rising Prices

October 28, 2014: The fourth annual health care cost and utilization report from HCCI

October 17, 2014

HCCI and NASHP Release RFP for State Health Policy Grant Program

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.

September 22, 2014

New HCCI Study Finds Young Adult Health Care Use Rose After ACA

September 24, 2014– A study released today by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) found that per capita health care spending for young adults (ages 19-25) with employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) grew at a rate nearly double that of other adults (ages 26-64) during 2011 and 2012, the first two years after implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA; Section 1001) that allows parents to include their adult children in family health plans.

September 9, 2014

HCCI and NASHP Announce New Grant Program for State Health Reform Research

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.

September 4, 2014

Assurant Health, NCQA, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente and Partners Healthcare Join Health Care Cost Institute Initiative to Advance Health Care Cost and Quality Transparency

September 4 , 2014: The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) announced today that Assurant Health will join three other major health insurance companies, Aetna, Humana and UnitedHealthcare, to work with HCCI as it develops free online tools that will offer consumers the most comprehensive information about the price and quality of health care services.

August 26, 2014

Vermonters Spent Less on Health Care, While Spending Grew Faster Than National Average in 2007-2011

August 26 , 2014: Vermonters with employer sponsored health insurance spent less on health care but their spending grew faster than the national average in the years before implementation of the state’s health reform law, says a new study from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) prepared in cooperation with the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB).

August 4, 2014

Sluggish Economy, Not Health Reform, Drove Slowdown in Health Spending, Says Health Affairs Study

August 4 , 2014: Approximately 70 percent of the recent decline in health care spending growth from 2009-2011 was due to the economic downturn, and not to other factors such as health sector responses to the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study published in the August issue of Health Affairs.