Institute for Health Policy and Practice

Publication Date

Spring 5-11-2024



Document Type



In February 2024, participants ranging from representatives of insurance carriers to hospitals attended IHPP's annual HL&P Symposium, ‘Equitable and Affordable Healthcare: Mapping a Way Forward

The first half of the gathering examined trends in national and state healthcare cost data, affordability as a component of inequity in healthcare, and factors that could be driving costs.

The second half of the gathering featured interactive break-out groups, in which participants were assigned a category of healthcare cost policy: transparency, cost, and affordability. Each group reviewed, discussed, and selected one policy option from a menu of curated, state policy options within particular parameters.

The break-out groups fully utilized an hour to do their work and presented their selections to the entire audience at the end.