Informing Health Initiatives: Summary of Requests and Assistance Provided, July 2010-November 2010
|Source of Request||Request||Date||Staff Responsible||Assistance Provided|
|Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS; and Department of Treasury||Estimates of single and non-single health insurance premiums at the sub-State level||7/10||Jessica Vistnes|
|To inform the small business tax credit that was included in the health care reform legislation, provided estimated models of premium costs in MSA- and non-MSA areas of States using MEPS Insurance Component (MEPS- IC) premium data for a joint project with ASPE and IRS.|
|Congressional Research Service||Estimates of health insurance coverage for pregnant adult women||8/10||Julie Hudson||Detailed estimates of the number of pregnant women ages 19 to 64 in the United States, the percent of pregnant women who were uninsured, and the percent of women who were eligible for Medicaid. Estimates were based on MEPS Household Component (MEPS-HC) data.|
|Office of Senator Al Franken (D-MN)||Assistance in efforts to develop home- and community-based services (HCBS) quality indicators||8/10||Deb Potter||Provided a briefing on AHRQ's findings in the specification of quality indicators that reflect meaningful variation in the underlying health and outcomes of the community-residing Medicaid disabled population receiving HCBS. http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ahrq.gov%2Fprofessionals%2Fsystems%2Flong-term-care%2Fhcbsreport.html|
|Congressional Budget Office||Estimates of employer-sponsored coverage||9/10||Beth Crimmel||Provided detailed estimates of private sector health insurance total enrollment, and employment by wage categories and firm size for 2008 and 2009.|
|Government Accounting Office||Request for access to restricted MEPS data through AHRQ's Data Center||9/10||Doris Lefkowitz||To inform provisions of the 2009 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (PL 111-3, section 402), entered into an AHRQ Data Center agreement to facilitate analysis of MEPS restricted data. This analysis examines children's access to primary and specialty services under Medicaid and CHIP.|
|Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS||Characteristics of the non-group health insurance market||10/10||Jessica Banthin||Provided national estimates from MEPS on detailed characteristics of the non-group market by duration of coverage.|
|Congressional Research Service||Information on the age distribution of policyholders at small and large employers||10/10||Jessica Vistnes|
|Provided detailed estimates, derived from MEPS, of the age distribution of policyholders at small and large employers.|
|Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS||Estimates of the concentration of health care expenditures||11/10||Tom Selden||Using the most recent MEPS-HC data, provided detailed estimates of the cut-off points and thresholds for the concentration of medical care expenditures by deciles and the top 1st and 5th percentiles.|
Requests for data and publications: Descriptive statistics for all assistance provided are available upon request. Please contact Cindy Nunley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: HHS is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; MEPS is the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey.
Source: Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.