Visualizing the Impact of Health Care Reform
The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) has launched ACA 411, a visualization tool that tracks the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Californians’ health care access, insurance coverage, and affordability over time. In each of the three metric categories, users can see the changing dynamics broken down by demographics and regions. CHCF hopes the tool will enable policymakers and analysts to compare new figures with their pre-ACA values to estimate the impact the reforms have made. In most cases 2014 data has not yet become available, so users cannot yet observe the effects of the insurance marketplace on coverage levels, for example, but the CHCF notes that it plans to update its data in fall 2014, spring 2015, and periodically after that.