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    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:

    Medical Debt Fell during the Pandemic. How Can the Decline Be Sustained?
    May 11, 2022

    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

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