Former Obama analysts and NJ providers to study ACA's newly insured

Data analysts who worked on President Barack Obama's winning campaigns will partner with New Jersey health providers to track treatment patterns of people who enroll in Medicaid or the new insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, the Wall Street Journal reported. Funded by a $450,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the former political data team, BlueLabs, will join the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers to gather data on how frequently the newly insured visit the emergency room or outpatient health centers, and compare those visits with their previous behavior. The goal of the project is to help healthcare providers and policymakers understand what is driving healthcare costs and how to better serve patients' needs. Article