Katherine Hempstead directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s work on health insurance coverage. Her work focuses primarily on coverage expansion, increasing value in coverage, and health care costs. She first joined the Foundation in 2011 as a senior program officer in the Research and Evaluation unit. Previously, Hempstead was director of the Center for Health Statistics in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. She also served as statistician/analyst in the Office of the Attorney General, New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety. She formerly served as an assistant research professor at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, where she currently holds a visiting faculty position. Hempstead received a PhD in Demography and History from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned a BA in Economics and History.


Recent Posts by Katherine Hempstead

New RWJF Funding Opportunities Promote Access To Health Data For Researchers And Others

A few recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) efforts reflect its evolving interest in promoting access to health data of various types. For its new Health Data for Action program, it partners with athenahealth and the Health Care Cost Institute.

What’s Behind 2.5 Million New Health Jobs?

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics sheds light on how the health care sector added 2.5 million new jobs over the decade following the recession.

Consumer Decision Support On The Individual Market Will Be More Important Than Ever

We may be entering a world where insurance products will be more loosely defined, and plan standardization less likely. In such an environment, the availability of high-quality consumer decision support will be more important than ever.

The Off-Exchange Individual Market And Small Group Market: New HIX Compare Data

While much is known about products on the ACA Marketplaces, the off-exchange segment comprises roughly 40 percent of individual market enrollment. HIX Compare now includes complete information about ACA-compliant off-exchange products, as well as small group products, sold in 2016.

A Friendly Competition To Increase ACA Marketplace Stability: Calling All Actuaries

Without a doubt, the next administration and Congress will face difficult decisions about how best to address the challenges facing the individual health insurance market. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is sponsoring a competition for teams of actuaries to develop solutions to improve that...

October 11, 2016GrantWatch, Insurance and Coverage

Expanded Coverage Appears To Explain Much Of The Recent Increase In Health Job Growth

The timing of the acceleration of health sector hiring corresponds to the recent expansion of health insurance coverage, but there has been little direct evidence of a relationship. We use state-level data to show that much of the acceleration in health jobs can be explained by expanded coverage.

How Do You Measure The Health Of Health Care Markets?

The goal of the Healthy Marketplace Index, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was to come up with timely measures that reflected important attributes of health care markets—such as prices and provider consolidation.

November 12, 2015GrantWatch, Hospitals, Population Health

What State Policies Best Foster Insurance Market Competition?

As the 2016 rates for ACA marketplace plans are finalized, there will be much interest in seeing to what extent premiums rise. It is important to better understand how different regulatory environments may affect the functioning and competitiveness of insurance markets.

The RWJF Seeks Proposals for a New National Program: Policy-Relevant Insurance Studies

In its coverage work, in recent years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has prioritized grant making related to the implementation of health reform. Research we have funded in this area has focused largely on monitoring the impact of health reform on important outcomes such as coverage,...

Taking Stock Of The ACA: The Latest Data From The Health Reform Monitoring Survey

Editor's note: In addition to Sharon Long, this post is coauthored by Genevieve Kenney, Stephen Zuckerman, and Katherine Hempstead.  Since early last year, the Urban Institute’s Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS) has been collecting relevant, timely data that is providing insights on the...