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      the Uninsured

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Washington D.C. Joint Conference   
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      Congressional Testimony
      ERIU Book Release


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Ann Arbor Research Conferences
In July of each year, ERIU holds a two-day research conference in Ann Arbor, MI where ERIU-funded research is presented and discussed. In October, 2004, ERIU held a special one-day conference in Ann Arbor, MI for ERIU-funded research on health insurance coverage dynamics for racial and ethnic minorities and immigrants.

Washington D.C. Joint Conference 
This conference, jointly sponsored with The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund, brought together Congressional staff, public and private sector policy experts, journalists, and health policy researchers to discuss emerging trends in employment-based coverage. The discussion focused on understanding the factors influencing employer and worker decisions about health insurance and the implications for coverage policies such as tax credits, expansions of public programs, and high-deductible “consumer-driven” health plans.

Congressional Testimony
Len Nichols, a member of ERIU's research committee, testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health at a hearing on the uninsured. His testimony draws on evidence from economics and health services research to debunk ten popular myths about the uninsured. The testimony was based on a prior presentation by Nichols and economist Mark Pauly, a member of ERIU's oversight committee, at a media event for the release of the book "Health Policy and the Uninsured."

ERIU Book Release
This event was held to publicize the release of the edited volume, "Health Policy and the Uninsured," published by the Urban Institute Press. The book presents findings from six papers commissioned by ERIU to summarize what we know and do not know about the causes and consequences of being without health insurance coverage. At the event, Mark Pauly and Len Nichols discussed how the book helps to debunk ten popular myths about the uninsured.


4 New Papers Offer New Perspectives on Health Economic Concepts (more)

Call for Abstracts: ERIU is accepting abstracts for papers to be presented at a 2-day invitation only conference in Ann Arbor, to be held June 28-29, 2007 (more)

New Research Highlight : Job Churning's Impact on Workplace Health Insurance (more)

Papers from conference on health insurance transitions (more)

On My Mind: Interview with University of Michigan’s Rebecca Blank about why the measure of poverty in the U.S. is in need of an overhaul and whether and how to include health care costs as part of the poverty calculation. (more)

  In 2002, half of non-elderly Hispanics were uninsured at some time during the year. (more)