One of the critical conclusions arising out of the drive toward pay-for-performance and coordinated care is the consensus view that many factors outside healthcare providers' responsibility have profound effects on health and healthcare costs.

Yet, few studies have rigorously examined the effects of family economic security policies, such as tax credits, minimum wage laws, and unemployment compensation on health and health behaviors. Now, a team from the University of Florida's Institute for Child Health Policy and Temple University's Public Health Law Research Program has developed new methods for analyzing policy effects using the program's national policy surveillance website,

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