Why did some states in the federal Marketplace have higher enrollment rates than others?

By Jane Wishner and Anna Spencer  ::  November 13th, 2014

As the second round of open enrollment begins under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health plans, health care providers, consumer assisters, and state and federal officials are hoping to apply lessons learned from 2014 to help enroll more people in 2015. To draw out those lessons, we compared the experiences of four states and found that [...]

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What it means that college price increases have slowed

By Sandy Baum  ::  November 13th, 2014

According to the College Board*, the 2014-15 increases in tuition and fees across the country were moderate. As usual, the sticker price of a year of full-time study rose more than the Consumer Price Index but as was the case last year, much less than the historical average. Rather than just breathing a sigh of [...]

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Figuring out what works, whether the goal is curing Ebola or improving public policies

By Margery Turner  ::  November 12th, 2014

Listening to NPR’s Morning Edition on Tuesday, my attention was captured by two stories about how researchers can best answer questions about what works, whether the goal is curing a terrifying disease or achieving a public policy objective. Both stories explained the value of random control trials, in which people are randomly divided into two [...]

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A timely test about volunteering

By Stuart Kantor  ::  November 11th, 2014

It’s the time of year when all attention is riveted on the approaching holidays: family celebrations, office parties, gift swaps, and charitable donations. So much activity squeezed into so little time. In fact, respondents in a study by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University gave about 24 percent of their annual donations between Thanksgiving [...]

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What we can learn about criminal justice from our wounded warriors

By John Roman and Sam Bieler  ::  November 11th, 2014

Today, Tuesday, November 11, is Veterans Day. In the media, there will likely be loose talk acknowledging the service of those who sacrificed for our country while serving in the US military. But it’s unlikely we’ll hear much specific talk about just what that sacrifice was, and what we can learn from it. Over the [...]

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Guiding principles for community investments that promote health

By Laudan Aron  ::  November 7th, 2014

Thankfully, the profound connections between healthy human development and the social and economic conditions of our daily lives are starting to gain more widespread recognition and attention. The November issue of Health Affairs is devoted to how social services and community supports improve people’s health. One intriguing article examines measures of neighborhood opportunities that are conducive [...]

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Local win-wins: How homegrown solutions can reduce incarceration and improve public safety

By Samantha Harvell  ::  November 6th, 2014

How can the trend of mass incarceration in the United States be reversed? Increasingly, policymakers and the public are debating this question. US Attorney General Eric Holder has made it a cornerstone of his legacy, the National Research Council released a landmark report on the topic earlier this year, and the Department of Justice recently [...]

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Uncertainty ahead for housing finance reform with Republican surge

By Zach McDade and Sheryl Pardo  ::  November 5th, 2014

With Republican congressional and gubernatorial candidates racking up victories across the nation in yesterday’s midterm elections, pundits will spend weeks discussing what our further-divided government will mean for policy between now and 2016. One issue that will likely fly under the radar is housing finance reform, an area the Obama administration and congressional leaders have [...]

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California’s Prop 47 passed. Now what?

By Brian Elderbroom and Ryan King  ::  November 5th, 2014

Californians overwhelmingly chose less punitive criminal sentencing policies yesterday, with nearly 60 percent of voters approving Proposition 47, a ballot initiative that reclassifies certain nonviolent drug and property crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor. Persons convicted of these offenses will now face shorter stays in jail or community supervision. This should be a familiar [...]

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