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With Support from Arnold Ventures, Public Agenda to Explore How Employers can Advocate for Health Care Affordability

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With Support from Arnold Ventures, Public Agenda to Explore How Employers can Advocate for Health Care Affordability

December 5, 2023 – Public Agenda, a non-profit research-to-action organization dedicated to creating a democracy that works for everyone, announced today that it received $278,840 in support from Arnold Ventures to survey people with employer-sponsored health insurance about their views on regulating hospital prices. 

“Hospital systems’ prices get passed on to employers and employees in the form of expensive insurance premiums and cost-sharing,” said David Schleifer, PhD, Vice President and Director of Research at Public Agenda. “This project will equip employers with evidence about employees’ support for and concerns about policies to address hospital prices.”

Public Agenda’s representative survey of people with employer-sponsored insurance will build on the organization’s qualitative research about employee views of the employer role in addressing hospital prices, also supported by Arnold Ventures. Next year, Public Agenda will release a report with findings and recommendations and will implement a communications strategy to engage employers and employer organizations as well as state and federal regulators and policymakers.

“Hospital prices are a key driver of health care costs,” said Erica Socker, Vice President of Health Care, Payor Reform at Arnold Ventures. “In our ongoing efforts to improve affordability while continuing to ensure access to high-quality care we are pleased to support Public Agenda’s work  to better inform and engage employers on approaches to lower the prices their employees pay for care.”

Public Agenda will share additional key information, including findings and other resources, as the project continues. For the most up-to-date information, please visit


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About Public Agenda

Public Agenda is a national research-to-action organization that digs deep into the key challenges facing our democracy to uncover insights and solutions. Founded in 1975 by the social scientist and public opinion research pioneer Dan Yankelovich and former secretary of state Cyrus Vance, we engage with advocates, journalists, policymakers, and the philanthropic community to ensure public voice is heard in conversations that shape our shared future.

About Arnold Ventures

Founded in 2010 by Laura and John Arnold, Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through evidence-based policy solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. They believe philanthropy is uniquely positioned to take risks and make big bets in ways the public and private sectors are often unable or unwilling to do. Arnold Ventures approaches philanthropy as an engine for innovation that can help catalyze new solutions and advocate for public policies that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice for all.

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