Do You Promise? Using Soft-Commitments to Improve Savings Behavior

How can we help Americans improve their savings?  This blog post presents findings from a study suggesting that soft-commitment mechanisms that leverage intrinsic motivation can improve savings outcomes.

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The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 17

What’s the latest in health policy research? The Essential Scan, produced by the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers. (more…)

The Hollowing Out of US Democracy

In this post, Peter Levine summarizes the discussion during his recent brown bag at CESR on “The Hollowing Out of Democracy,” including concerns about Civic Deserts and the need for more organizations with SPUD (Scale, Pluralism, Unity, Depth).

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Why America Needs a ‘Do-Over’ on Medicaid Reform

Republicans and Democrats should aim toward securing the health of the most vulnerable American children and families. (more…)

The More the Heavier? Family Size and Childhood Obesity in the US

Are siblings good for you? This blog post presents findings from a study showing that having more siblings is associated with lower BMI and decreased likelihood of obesity.

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The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 16

What’s the latest in health policy research? The Essential Scan, produced by the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers. (more…)

Allowing States to Define “Essential Health Benefits” Could Weaken ACA Protections Against Catastrophic Costs for People with Employer Coverage Nationwide

This post addresses the new MacArthur Amendment specifically and provides more detail on why waivers in one state could have effects elsewhere. (more…)

Value-Based Pricing For Pharmaceuticals In The Trump Administration

The change in administration is an opportune moment for CMS to assume a leadership role with respect to value-based pricing.  (more…)

Are We All Snobs? How Personal Tastes Affect Our Judgment of Others

Do stereotypes of “high-brow” and “low-brow” tastes affect how Americans judge one another?  This post examines whether we respond more positively to people who display high status tastes.

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A Good Deal For Eliminating Hepatitis C: Saving Money And Lives

Hepatitis C kills more than 20,000 Americans each year. A recent consensus committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine proposed a novel strategy to improve access to hepatitis C medicines. (more…)

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