Expanding Coverage: A Research Partnership


Penn LDI's Research Partnership with United States of Care
As a research partner to United States of Care, Penn LDI produces, distills, and disseminates research evidence on what we know, and don’t know, about expanding health coverage. Penn LDI brings its expertise to bear on important questions of affordability, value, quality, and health care markets, and identifies and addresses emerging knowledge gaps regarding the implications of health care coverage policies. This partnership is part of Penn LDI's broader work on insurance reform. Penn LDI Senior Fellows investigate narrow provider networks; the impact of the ACA on health care coverage, costs, and the labor market; individual market dynamics; and the health insurance exchanges.

Latest resources

Issue brief: What Is "Affordable" Health Care?
The first in a series on the concept of "affordability," this brief considers it as an economic concept, as a kitchen-table budget issue for individuals and families, and as a threshold in current policy. It reviews measures that capture the cost burden for individuals and families with different forms of coverage, in different financial circumstances, and with different health concerns. You can also read our accompanying blog post.

Report: State Efforts to Close the Health Coverage Gap
This report, a review of prominent state efforts to close the coverage gap, looks at the most ambitious proposals in Massachusetts, Vermont, Colorado, California, and Nevada, and identifies common challenges and themes that emerge. It serves as a case study in how different states build, or fail to build, the popular and political will towards health care coverage for all residents. 

States That Have Aimed to Close the Coverage Gap – What Can We Learn?
In a Health Affairs blog post, Andy Slavitt, United States of Care Board Chair and former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Dan Polsky, Penn LDI Executive Director, comment on the most important lessons learned from our state-by-state analysis and provide a glimpse of future work.