Sharon Long, a senior fellow in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute, is an applied economist with over 25 years of experience conducting timely research on health care issues, including work addressing state and national health reform. Dr. Long was recently awarded AcademyHealth’s 2012 Health Services Research Impact Award for her research evaluating the impacts of health reform in Massachusetts. While Dr. Long has spent most of her career at the Urban Institute, she was a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota from 2010 to 2012, where she worked with states on health reform issues as a senior economist at the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC). Dr. Long holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Recent Posts by Sharon Long

ACA Repeal Votes Defy Preferences Of Constituents

One puzzling aspect of this and previous repeal efforts is that they nearly succeeded in spite of widespread public support for the core elements of the ACA that would have been overturned.

October 16, 2017Following the ACA

Patient-Centered Care Starts With Patient-Provider Communication

Improving communication between patients and their providers is crucial to reforming the health care system to better meet patients’ needs and improve patient outcomes.

Employer-Sponsored Insurance Remains Stable While Uninsurance Drops Under The ACA

Despite concerns that the changes introduced under the ACA would lead to a decline in employer-sponsored insurance coverage, the available evidence continues to show no changes in ESI offer rates, take-up rates, or overall ESI coverage for workers under the ACA.

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...

Health Insurance Coverage Is Just The First Step: Findings From Massachusetts

As the rollout of coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues across the country, more Americans are gaining insurance coverage, with all the benefits that that implies in terms of health care access and financial protections. However, if, as President Obama has argued,...

Low ACA Knowledge And Health Literacy Hinder Young Adult Marketplace Enrollment

Since October, the focus within the media and the health policy community has been on the troubled roll-out of Healthcare.gov and some of the state websites set up to enroll people in coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  But most Americans have paid little attention to how the changes...

The Facts On Massachusetts Health Reform

Last Thursday’s Republican Presidential Debate in Florida included a lively, but not always accurate, exchange on health reform in Massachusetts.  In particular, Senator Santorum reported that one in four Massachusetts residents were going without needed care because of high costs; he also...

Implementing Reform 51 Laboratories At A Time

This week marks the half-year anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and the pace of implementation is heating up.  Though many of the provisions that become effective tomorrow  deal with individual health coverage issues, such as allowing young adults to stay on their parents’...

September 22, 2010Following the ACA