Policy Briefs

The Urban Institute's Health Policy Center produces a series of policy briefs drawing on the HRMS. The briefs provide information on trends in health insurance coverage, health care access and affordability, and self-reported health status, as well as timely data on important implementation issues under the ACA and on other health topics.

Current briefs in the series:

Initial Parent Perspectives on the Child Tax Credit Advance Payments
September 29, 2021

The Uninsurance Rate Held Steady during the Pandemic as Public Coverage Increased
August 18, 2021

Black and African American Adults’ Perspectives on Discrimination and Unfair Judgment in Health Care
August 9, 2021

Few Unvaccinated Adults Have Talked to Their Doctors about the COVID-19 Vaccines
May 24, 2021

Stories of Hardship from Families with Young Children as the COVID-19 Pandemic Persists
April 27, 2021

Perceptions of Discrimination and Unfair Judgment While Seeking Health Care
April 4, 2021

Delayed and Forgone Health Care for Nonelderly Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic
February 16, 2021

Many Uninsured Adults Have Not Tried to Enroll in Medicaid or Marketplace Coverage
January 28, 2021

One in Three Adults Used Telehealth during the First Six Months of the Pandemic, but Unmet Needs for Care Persisted
January 5, 2021

The Looming Eviction Cliff
January 5, 2021

Six Months into the Pandemic, 40 Percent of Parents with Young Children Have Experienced Economic Fallout
December 8, 2020

Forty Percent of Black and Hispanic Parents of School-Age Children Are Food Insecure
December 8, 2020

Uneven Recovery Leaves Many Hispanic, Black, and Low-Income Adults Struggling
October 27, 2020

Food Insecurity Edged Back up after COVID-19 Relief Expired
October 27, 2020

More Than One in Six Adults Were Food Insecure Two Months into the COVID-19 Recession
July 18, 2020

Who Did Not Get the Economic Impact Payments by Mid-to-Late May, and Why?
July 16, 2020

Almost Half of Adults in Families Losing Work during the Pandemic Avoided Health Care Because of Costs or COVID-19 Concerns
July 10, 2020

Adults in Families Losing Jobs during the Pandemic Also Lost Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance
July 10, 2020

Unemployment Insurance and Economic Impact Payments Associated with Reduced Hardship Following CARES Act
June 30, 2020

Employment, Income, and Unemployment Insurance during the COVID-19 Pandemic
June 30, 2020

Parents Are Struggling to Provide for Their Families during the Pandemic
May 21, 2020

Hispanic Adults in Families with Noncitizens Disproportionately Feel the Economic Fallout From COVID-19
May 6, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Straining Families’ Abilities to Afford Basic Needs
April 28, 2020

Over Half of Nonelderly Adults Support Either a Public Option or Medicare for All, with More Preferring a Public Option
December 3, 2019

What Explains Support for or Opposition to Medicare for All?
August 7, 2019

Many Adults Targeted by Medicaid Work Requirements Face Barriers to Sustained Employment
May 30, 2019

Health Care Coverage, Access, and Affordability for Children and Parents: New Findings from March 2018
September 6, 2018

With Nongroup Premiums Rising Sharply, Several Proposals to Reduce Premium Growth Have Strong Support
March 13, 2018

What Explains Attitudes toward the Individual Mandate?
November 21, 2017

How Patients Think about Their Health Care
September 15, 2017

Do Patients Trust Their Providers?
September 15, 2017

Patients Feel Comfortable Talking to Their Providers about Sensitive Issues, but Providers Don’t Often Ask
September 15, 2017

Adults Who Would Be Most Affected by ACA Repeal Support Keeping Core ACA Provisions
June 14, 2017

Poor Treatment by Health Care Providers and Staff Is More Common among Vulnerable Populations
October 24, 2016

Health Care Coverage, Access, and Affordability for Children and Parents: New Estimates from March 2016
September 14, 2016

Federally Qualified Health Centers’ Importance in the Safety Net Continues as Affordable Care Act Implementation Moves Ahead
August 26, 2016

Federally Qualified Health Center Users Continue to Have Limited Options for Health Care under Health Reform and Give Federally Qualified Health Centers Mixed Reviews
August 26, 2016

Employer-Sponsored Insurance Stays Strong, with No Signs of Decay under the ACA: Findings through March 2016
July 13, 2016

Health Insurance Coverage under the ACA as of March 2016
May 25, 2016

Health Care Access and Affordability among Low- and Moderate-Income Insured and Uninsured Adults under the Affordable Care Act
April 21, 2016

Time for a Checkup: Changes in Health Insurance Coverage, Health Care Access and Affordability, and Plan Satisfaction among Parents and Children between 2013 and 2015
January 6, 2016

Changes in Insurance Coverage, Access to Care, and Health Care Affordability for Women of Childbearing Age
October 27, 2015

A Look at Remaining Uninsured Adults as of March 2015
August 17, 2015

Employer Sponsored Insurance Continues to Remain Stable under the ACA: Findings from June 2013 through March 2015
June 3, 2015

Most Adults with Medical Debt Had Health Insurance at the Time the Debt Was Incurred
May 21, 2015

9.4 Million Fewer Families Are Having Problems Paying Medical Bills
May 21, 2015

Gains in Health Insurance Coverage under the ACA as of March 2015
April 16, 2015

Health Care Costs Are a Barrier to Care for Many Women
January 7, 2015

Taking Stock: Health Insurance Coverage under the ACA as of September 2014
December 3, 2014

Low Levels of Self-Reported Literacy and Numeracy Create Barriers to Obtaining and Using Health Insurance Coverage
October 27, 2014

A First Look at Children's Health Insurance Coverage under the ACA in 2014
September 9, 2014

Taking Stock: Health Insurance Coverage for Parents under the ACA in 2014
September 9, 2014

Navigating the Marketplace: How Uninsured Adults Have Been Looking for Coverage
July 29, 2014

Who Are the Remaining Uninsured as of June 2014?
July 29, 2014

Taking Stock at Mid-Year: Health Insurance Coverage under the ACA as of June 2014
July 29, 2014

Increase in Medicaid under the ACA Reduces Uninsurance, According to Early Estimates
June 25, 2014

Obtaining Information on Marketplace Health Plans: Websites Dominate but Key Groups Also Use Other Sources
June 9, 2014

Who Are the Newly Insured as of Early March 2014?
May 22, 2014

Early Estimates Indicate Rapid Increase in Health Insurance Coverage under the ACA: A Promising Start
April 15, 2014

Health Care Access and Cost Barriers for Adults with Physical or Mental Health Issues: Evidence of Significant Gaps as the ACA Marketplaces Opened their Doors 
April 4, 2014

Who among the Uninsured Do Not Plan to Look for Health Insurance in the ACA Marketplaces? 
March 21, 2014

Who Has Been Looking for Information in the ACA Marketplaces? Why? And How? 
March 5, 2014

Looking Behind Opinion Polling on the Affordable Care Act
February 26, 2014

Large Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health Insurance Literacy Signal Need for Targeted Education and Outreach 
February 6, 2014

Most Adults Are Not Aware of Health Reform's Coverage Provisions 
February 6, 2014

Expectations for Health Care Quality, Access, and Costs in 2014
February 4, 2014

Access and Affordability on the Verge of Health Reform
January 28, 2014

Pre-Reform Health Care Access and Affordability within the ACA's Medicaid Target Population
January 28, 2014

Pre-Reform Access and Affordability for the ACA's Subsidy-Eligible Population
January 28, 2014

Early ACA Market Reforms: Who Has Been Affected So Far?
January 21, 2014

What Health Insurance Coverage Changes Are the Uninsured Anticipating for 2014?
January 21, 2014

How the Currently Uninsured Perceive the Cost and Affordability of Health Insurance Coverage
January 7, 2014

Prior Experience with the Nongroup Health Insurance Market: Implications for Enrollment under the Affordable Care Act
January 7, 2014

Public Understanding of Basic Health Insurance Concepts on the Eve of Health Reform
December 18, 2013

Uninsured Adults Eligible for Medicaid and Health Insurance Literacy
December 18, 2013

Factors Influencing Health Plan Choice among the Marketplace Target Population on the Eve of Health Reform 
December 18, 2013