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Taking Stock of the Affordable Care Act: What Are the Data Telling Us

On July 29th, the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center hosted a discussion of new findings from the Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS) on changes in health coverage, access, and use; experiences with the Marketplaces; and characteristics of the remaining uninsured. Since the beginning of the first open enrollment period in October 2013, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has produced major changes in how millions of Americans are getting health insurance. Beginning in early 2013, Urban Institute experts implemented HRMS, a quarterly internet survey of a nationally representative sample of adults and children, to collect data on the implementation and early effects of the ACA.

The event evaluated the ACA to date and considered implications for the following year’s open enrollment period. Urban Institute experts Sharon Long and Stephen Zuckerman discussed changes in health care coverage and marketplace exchange enrollment. Katherine Hempstead from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focused on characteristics of the remaining uninsured. The discussion was moderated by Alan Weil, the editor of Health Affairs.

The Health Reform Monitoring Survey is jointly funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Urban Institute. 

If you have any inquiries regarding this event, please contact Ivy Hunter [email protected].


  • Welcome: Sarah Rosen Wartell, president, Urban Institute
  • Moderator: Alan Weil, editor, Health Affairs

  • Katherine Hempstead, director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Sharon Long, senior fellow, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Stephen Zuckerman, senior fellow and codirector, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute

Date & Time Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2100 M Street NW
Washington , DC , 20037
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  • Nonresident Fellow
  • Vice President, Health Policy
    Senior Fellow