Journal of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences

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In these updated remarks to the 2015 IASS conference, I review the recent developments in health reform and the role of social science research. The Affordable Care Act has many aims, the primary three of which are to insure the uninsured, to reduce the cost growth of healthcare, and to improve the quality of services received. These changes are seen as necessary to improve population health and efficiency in the healthcare sector. I summarize the major changes in health-insurance delivery that have taken place through the law, discuss key findings from social science research to date, and anticipate what other paths the budding research may take in the future.