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Health Policy Briefs provide clear, accessible overviews of timely and important health policy topics for policymakers, journalists, and others concerned about improving health care in the United States. The briefs explore competing arguments made on various sides of a policy proposal and point out wherever possible the relevant research behind each perspective. They are reviewed by distinguished Health Affairs authors and other outside experts.

From 2009-2016 Health Policy Briefs were produced with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Beginning in 2017, Health Affairs began producing discrete series of specific topic-focused briefs. The first series, which focuses on Prescription Drug Pricing, was produced with support from The Commonwealth Fund and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Drug Policy Lab.