National Institute for Health Care Reform (NIHCR)

Mission Statement

The mission of the National Institute for Health Care Reform (NIHCR) is to conduct high-quality, objective research and policy analyses of the organization, financing and delivery of health care in the United States. The Institute works to identify key health policy issues, identify policy options, and assess the advantages and disadvantages of policy options to help inform policy makers and other decision makers about how to expand access to high-quality, affordable health care to all Americans.

About NIHCR

The National Institute for Health Care Reform is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established by the International Union, UAW; Chrysler Group LLC; Ford Motor Company; and General Motors to conduct health policy research and analysis to improve the organization, financing and delivery of health care in the United States.

The Institute, incorporated in the state of Michigan, is governed by a six-member Board of Directors, with the UAW appointing three directors and each of the companies appointing one director. The Institute has contracted with the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) to conduct health policy research and policy analyses, and HSC President Paul B. Ginsburg, Ph.D., serves as the Institute's research director. All research and analysis are conducted using HSC's rigorous standards for quality and objectivity.

The Institute does not take policy positions, and similar to HSC, strives to be an honest broker of information and a reliable resource for decision makers on all sides of the critical issues facing the U.S. health care system.

The Board approves the Institute's research and policy analysis agenda, delegating responsibility to HSC to conduct all research and policy analyses and publish and disseminate findings. HSC retains the right to publish all research results, and final methodological and editorial decisions ultimately reside with HSC.

NIHCR Board of Directors

Jessica Gubing

Director, Global Workforce Policy,
General Motors

Susanne Mitchell

Director of the Social Security Department, International Union, UAW

Kathleen Neal

Director Integrated Health Care & Disability,
Chrysler Group LLC

Eric Perkins

Director of the Strategic Research Department, International Union, UAW

Alan Reuther

Independent Consultant and former Legislative Director, International Union, UAW

Walter J. Talamonti, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical Director, Clinical Operations
Ford Motor Company

The National Institute for Health Care Reform (NIHCR) contracted with the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) between 2009 and 2013 to conduct health policy research and analyses to improve the organization, financing and delivery of health care in the United States. HSC ceased operations on Dec. 31, 2013, after merging with Mathematica Policy Research, which assumed the HSC contract to complete NIHCR projects.