Collins
Sara R. Collins
Vice President, Health Care Coverage and Access
The Commonwealth Fund
src@cmwf.org
(212) 606-3838

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Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., is vice president for Health Care Coverage and Access program at the Commonwealth Fund. An economist, Dr. Collins joined the Fund in 2002 and has led the Fund’s national program on health insurance since 2005. Since joining the Fund, Dr. Collins has led several national surveys on health insurance and authored numerous reports, issue briefs and journal articles on health insurance coverage and policy. She has provided invited testimony before several Congressional committees and subcommittees. Prior to joining the Fund, Dr. Collins was associate director/senior research associate at the New York Academy of Medicine, Division of Health and Science Policy. Earlier in her career, she was an associate editor at U.S. News & World Report, a senior economist at Health Economics Research, and a senior health policy analyst in the New York City Office of the Public Advocate. She holds an A.B. in economics from Washington University and a Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University.

Fund Publications by Sara R. Collins

2014

Too High a Price: Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs in the United States
November 13, 2014
The Supreme Court Decides to Hear King v. Burwell: What Are the Implications?
November 7, 2014
Keeping Covered: The Affordable Care Act’s First Reenrollment Period for Marketplace Plans
October 24, 2014
Assessing the Affordable Care Act: The Record to Date
September 26, 2014
Catching Up: Latino Health Coverage Gains and Challenges Under the Affordable Care Act
September 25, 2014
Are Americans Finding Affordable Coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplaces?
September 18, 2014
New Federal Surveys Show Declines in Number of Uninsured Americans in Early 2014
September 16, 2014
Access to Primary and Preventive Health Care Across States Prior to the Coverage Expansions of the Affordable Care Act
July 17, 2014
Gaining Ground: Americans' Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care After the Affordable Care Act's First Open Enrollment Period
July 10, 2014
Health Care Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act—A Progress Report
July 2, 2014
The Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion: Alternative State Approaches
March 28, 2014
America's Underinsured: A State-by-State Look at Health Insurance Affordability Prior to the New Coverage Expansions
March 25, 2014
Impact of Extending Policy on Canceled Plans Likely Small
March 7, 2014
Young Adult Participation in the Health Insurance Marketplaces: Just How Important Is It?
February 12, 2014
Americans' Experiences in the Health Insurance Marketplaces: Results from the First Three Months
January 9, 2014

2013

Enrollment Climbs in the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Options
December 20, 2013
Enrollment in the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Options: An Update
November 21, 2013
Pros and Cons of the President's Policy Fix for Health Plan Cancellations
November 18, 2013
Americans' Experiences in the Health Insurance Marketplaces: Results from the First Month
November 4, 2013
Reflecting on Health Reform—The Marketplace Experience: Month One
November 4, 2013
The Affordable Care Act: Keeping Our Eyes on the Ball
October 16, 2013
What Americans Think of the New Insurance Marketplaces and Medicaid Expansion: Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Health Insurance Marketplace Survey, 2013
September 30, 2013
New U.S. Census Data on the Uninsured Underscores Need for Expanded Coverage
September 17, 2013
In States' Hands: How the Decision to Expand Medicaid Will Affect the Most Financially Vulnerable Americans
September 5, 2013
Covering Young Adults Under the Affordable Care Act: The Importance of Outreach and Medicaid Expansion
August 21, 2013
Update: State Action Round-Up on Affordable Care Act Implementation
August 19, 2013
Update: State Action Round-Up on Affordable Care Act Implementation
August 2, 2013
A Shared Responsibility: Employers and the Affordable Care Act
July 24, 2013
Update: State Action Round-Up on Affordable Care Act Implementation
July 19, 2013
State Action Round-Up on Affordable Care Act Implementation
July 3, 2013
The Effects of Health Insurance on Health: What We Can Expect from the Affordable Care Act
June 21, 2013
Implementing the Affordable Care Act's Health Coverage Provisions
May 23, 2013
Large Shares of Adults Are Uninsured or Underinsured in the Nation's Largest States
April 26, 2013
Insuring the Future: Current Trends in Health Coverage and the Effects of Implementing the Affordable Care Act
April 26, 2013
Testimony—The Affordable Care Act's Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Program: A Critical Bridge to 2014, But Not a Long-Term Solution for Universal Coverage
April 3, 2013
The Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplaces: A Progress Report
February 21, 2013

2012

Health Insurance Market Regulations Under the Affordable Care Act: Protections for Consumers and Small Businesses
December 12, 2012
State Trends in Premiums and Deductibles, 2003–2011: Eroding Protection and Rising Costs Underscore Need for Action
December 12, 2012
Jobs Without Benefits: The Health Insurance Crisis Faced by Small Businesses and Their Workers
November 1, 2012
Two Distinct Paths: Health Care in the 2012 Presidential Election
October 22, 2012
Health Care in the 2012 Presidential Election: How the Obama and Romney Plans Stack Up
October 2, 2012
1.3 Million Fewer People Were Uninsured in 2011: Young Adults Continue to Make Gains in Coverage as a Result of the Affordable Care Act
September 12, 2012
Realizing Health Reform's Potential—Oceans Apart: The Higher Health Costs of Women in the U.S. Compared to Other Nations, and How Reform Is Helping
July 13, 2012
Nation to Move Forward on Ensuring Affordable Access to High-Quality Care for All
June 28, 2012
Young, Uninsured, and in Debt: Why Young Adults Lack Health Insurance and How the Affordable Care Act Is Helping—Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Health Insurance Tracking Survey of Young Adults, 2011
June 8, 2012
Gaps in Health Insurance: Why So Many Americans Experience Breaks in Coverage and How the Affordable Care Act Will Help
April 19, 2012
The Small Business Health Insurance Exchanges: Opportunities and Challenges
February 29, 2012
The Income Divide in Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act Will Help Restore Fairness to the U.S. Health System
February 7, 2012

2011

Essential Health Benefits: Balancing State Flexibility with Consumer Protections
December 20, 2011
Final Regulation on Medical Loss Ratio Reporting and Rebates: Good for Consumers
December 8, 2011
State Trends in Premiums and Deductibles, 2003–2010: The Need for Action to Address Rising Costs
November 17, 2011
Health Care Opinion Leaders' Views on Health Spending and Reform Implementation
November 14, 2011
New Census Poverty Measure Shows Medical Expenses Push 10 Million More Americans into Poverty
November 10, 2011
Testimony: Premium Tax Credits Under The Affordable Care Act: How Will They Help Millions of Uninsured Americans Gain Affordable, Comprehensive Health Insurance
October 27, 2011
Ensuring Equity: A Post-Reform Framework to Achieve High Performance Health Care for Vulnerable Populations
October 7, 2011
Number of Uninsured in United States Grows to 49.9 Million; Young Adults Already Benefitting from the Affordable Care Act
September 13, 2011
Affordable Care Act Reforms Could Reduce the Number of Underinsured U.S. Adults by 70 Percent
September 8, 2011
Proposed Rule on Premium Tax Credits: Who's Eligible and How Much Will They Help?
August 31, 2011
Realizing Health Reform's Potential—When Unemployed Means Uninsured: The Toll of Job Loss on Health Coverage, and How the Affordable Care Act Will Help
August 24, 2011
Policies to Protect the Unemployed from Becoming Uninsured
August 24, 2011
HHS's Proposed Regulation for Health Insurance Exchanges: An Emphasis on State Flexibility, Part II
July 21, 2011
HHS’s Proposed Regulation for Health Insurance Exchanges: An Emphasis on State Flexibility, Part I
July 19, 2011
How the Affordable Care Act Is Helping Young Adults Stay Covered
May 26, 2011
Realizing Health Reform's Potential: How the Affordable Care Act Is Helping Young Adults Stay Covered
May 26, 2011
Update: New Review Process for "Unreasonable" Premium Hikes
May 19, 2011
How Health Reform Will Help Women Get the Coverage and Care They Need
May 11, 2011
Women at Risk: Why Increasing Numbers of Women Are Failing to Get the Health Care They Need and How the Affordable Care Act Will Help
May 11, 2011
Help on the Horizon: How the Recession Has Left Millions of Workers Without Health Insurance, and How Health Reform Will Bring Relief—Findings from The Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey of 2010
March 16, 2011
Recession Leads to Insurance Loss, Health Reform to Help
March 16, 2011
Student Health Plan Enrollees to Gain New Protections Under Affordable Care Act
February 11, 2011
Testimony—The Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) Program Under the Affordable Care Act: Potential and Options for Spreading Mission-Driven Integrated Delivery Systems
January 13, 2011

2010

New Review Process for "Unreasonable" Premium Hikes
December 22, 2010
Millions of Baby Boomers Will Gain Coverage Under Health Reform, Especially Those in Southern and Western States
December 14, 2010
Realizing Health Reform’s Potential: Adults Ages 50–64 and the Affordable Care Act of 2010
December 14, 2010
State Trends in Premiums and Deductibles, 2003–2009: How Building on the Affordable Care Act Will Help Stem the Tide of Rising Costs and Eroding Benefits
December 2, 2010
Medical Loss Ratio Regulations Good for Consumers
November 23, 2010
Realizing Health Reform’s Potential: Young Adults and the Affordable Care Act of 2010
October 8, 2010
Starting on the Path to a High Performance Health System: Analysis of the Payment and System Reform Provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010
September 23, 2010
Affordable Coverage for Small Business Employees
September 3, 2010
Realizing Health Reform's Potential: Small Businesses and the Affordable Care Act of 2010
September 2, 2010
How Women Will Benefit from the ACA
July 30, 2010
Realizing Health Reform's Potential: Women and the Affordable Care Act of 2010
July 30, 2010
How the Affordable Care Act of 2010 Will Help Low- and Moderate-Income Families
July 13, 2010
Grandfathered vs. Non-Grandfathered Health Plans Under the Affordable Care Act: Striking the Right Balance
June 22, 2010
Rite of Passage: Young Adults and the Affordable Care Act of 2010
May 21, 2010
A New Era in American Health Care
March 22, 2010
The Health Insurance Provisions of the 2009 Congressional Health Reform Bills: Implications for Coverage, Affordability, and Costs
January 7, 2010

2009

Young, Uninsured, and Seeking Change: Health Coverage of Young Adults and Their Views on Health Reform--Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Survey of Young Adults, 2009
December 18, 2009
Representative Pete Stark's "Medicare Early Access Act of 2005"
December 10, 2009
Starting on the Path to a High Performance Health System: Analysis of Health System Reform Provisions of Reform Bills in the House of Representatives and Senate
December 4, 2009
UPDATED JANUARY 7—The Comprehensive Congressional Health Reform Bills of 2009: A Look at Health Insurance, Delivery System, and Financing Provisions
October 23, 2009
Testimony--The Growing Problem of Underinsurance in the United States: What It Means for Working Families and How Health Reform Will Help
October 15, 2009
Out of Options: Why So Many Workers in Small Businesses Lack Affordable Health Insurance, and How Health Care Reform Can Help
September 9, 2009
Rite of Passage? Why Young Adults Become Uninsured and How New Policies Can Help, 2009 Update
August 6, 2009
Health Care Opinion Leaders' Views on Health Reform
July 27, 2009
Failure to Protect: Why the Individual Insurance Market Is Not a Viable Option for Most U.S. Families
July 21, 2009
How Health Care Reform Can Lower the Costs of Insurance Administration
July 16, 2009
Front and Center: Ensuring that Health Reform Puts People First
June 11, 2009
Women at Risk: Why Many Women Are Forgoing Needed Health Care
May 11, 2009
Progressive or Regressive? A Second Look at the Tax Exemption for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Premiums
May 8, 2009
Testimony--Young and Vulnerable: The Growing Problem of Uninsured Young Adults and How New Policies Can Help
April 23, 2009
Maintaining Health Insurance During a Recession: Likely COBRA Eligibility
January 1, 2009
An Analysis of Leading Congressional Health Care Bills, 2007-2008: Part I, Insurance Coverage
January 1, 2009
Health Care Opinion Leaders' Views on Priorities for the Obama Administration
January 1, 2009

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