Access

What’s at Stake: States’ Progress on Health Coverage and Access to Care, 2013–2016

This report from the Commonwealth Fund compares state trends in access to affordable health care between 2013 and 2016 by analyzing recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Given the uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act, it is useful to examine the progress in coverage and access made under the law.

Downloadable resources include PowerPoint presentations plus data summaries by state.

Access to Health Care Resources

This site managed by the National Center for Health Statistics provides access to various reports and data relating to issues impacting access to health services including the impact of health insurance coverage.

National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report

This report  from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) assesses the performance of our healthcare system and identifies areas of strengths and weaknesses, as well as disparities, for access to healthcare and quality of healthcare. Quality is described in terms of six priorities: patient safety, person-centered care, care coordination, effective treatment, healthy living, and care affordability. The report is based on more than 250 measures of quality and disparities covering a broad array of healthcare services and settings.

2018 Employer Health Benefits Survey from Kaiser Family Foundation

This annual survey of employers provides a detailed look at trends in employer-sponsored health coverage including premiums, employee contributions, cost-sharing provisions, offer rates, wellness programs, and employer practices. A data-driven look at how the cost of healthcare is impacting families (e.g. Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $19,616 in this latest report).

Site provides issues brief, full report and interactive graphics.

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)

Sponsored and managed by several divisions of the Federal government, HCUP is the nation’s most comprehensive source of hospital data, including information on in-patient stays, ambulatory surgery and services visits, and emergency department encounters. HCUP enables researchers and users to study health care delivery and patient outcomes over time, and at the national, regional, State, and community levels.

While geared more towards researchers, the site includes useful content for any user including infographics and “Fast-Stats” on key topics such as trends in various types of hospital stays.