This report was produced by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at the University of Minnesota as part of a mixed-methods study, Study of the Impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Implementation in Kentucky, funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (Foundation). As part of this project, SHADAC will use semi-annual and annual reports to document the impact of the ACA in Kentucky using a set of indicators agreed upon by the Foundation and its ACA Impact Study Oversight Committee (see Appendix I for a complete list of indicators). These reports will track change in the indicators throughout the duration of this 34-month study (March 2015 through January 2018), and will include comparisons of Kentucky metrics with the U.S. and other states.
The purpose of the first semi-annual report, "Baseline Data for the Implementation of the ACA in Kentucky," is to describe the baseline status of the healthcare situation in Kentucky prior to ACA implementation. The report presents baseline data for all study indicators, under the five study domains: coverage, access, cost, quality, and health outcomes. We use calendar year 2012 data as our baseline because it pre-dates the first ACA enrollment period that began in October 2013 and because the 2012 data are available for most of the indicators.