October 22nd, 2014
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, access, and utilization.
Many of these activities can be seen on our landing page Reform By the Numbers, where we feature results from unique data sources such as the Urban Institute’s Health Reform Monitoring Survey, Breakaway Policy’s Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) Compare (comprehensive data on silver plans, under the Affordable Care Act), athenahealth’s ACAView, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Health Insurance Exchanges Research Group’s Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX) 2.0.
We are also funding a number of analytical briefs that provide more detailed looks at particular issues and places, such as the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Deciphering the Data series and the Urban Institute’s Monitoring and Tracking series.
In keeping with our focus on health reform, we have a strong interest in funding investigator-initiated research that is highly policy relevant. On October 15, we announced the awarding of nine grants for State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE), an investigator-initiated research effort focused on state health reform issues. Newly funded SHARE projects focus on topics ranging from Medicaid expansion to a study of health care provider networks.
That same day we also announced a call for proposals (CFPs) for a new funding opportunity, Policy-Relevant Insurance Studies (PRIS). While funding research that informs policy is not new, the PRIS announcement differs somewhat from prior CFPs in both focus and approach. One way in which PRIS is unique is in its exclusive emphasis on highly policy-relevant questions related to health insurance markets. Additionally, we would prefer to fund projects that use modeling and have relatively short timeframes. Read the rest of this entry »