Informing Health Initiatives: Summary of Requests and Assistance Provided, November 2009-February 2010
|Source of Request||Request||Date||Staff Responsible||Assistance Provided|
|Senate Finance Committee||Estimates of the concentration and persistence in the level of health expenditures||11/09||Steven Cohen|
|Provided detailed estimates of the concentration and persistence in the level of health expenditures over time, controlling for age and health insurance coverage status.|
|Congressional Research Service||Estimates of employer costs for health insurance as a percent of establishment payroll||12/09||Beth Crimmell||Provided detailed tabulations of employer costs for health insurance as a percent of establishment payroll, by firm size, based on the MEPS—Insurance Component 2008 private coverage data.|
|House Ways and Means Committee||Estimates of employer-sponsored premiums||1/10||Jim Branscome||Provided distributional estimates of employer-sponsored premiums, with a focus on premiums above the 80th percentile in the cost distribution, further disaggregated by industry type. Estimates derived from the MEPS—Insurance Component 2008 private coverage data.|
|Office of Health Reform, HHS||Estimates of out-of- pocket spending for medical care||1/10||Didem Bernard||Provided detailed estimates out-of-pocket spending for medical care according to certain dollar thresholds, by specific household characteristics.|
|Senate Joint Committee on Taxation||Characteristics of individuals with high cost premiums||1/10||Jim Branscome||Provided detailed estimates of the socio-demographic characteristics of individuals with high cost premiums.|
|Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS||Estimates of the population with extreme financial burdens for health care||2/10||Tom Selden||Provided estimates of the population with extreme financial burdens for health care, obtained from the MEPS. A national estimate for the U.S. was produced that is consistent with WHO and World Bank methods.|
Requests for data and publications: Descriptive statistics for all assistance provided are available upon request. Please contact Cindy Nunley at email@example.com.
Note: HHS is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; MEPS is the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey; WHO is the World Health Organization.
Source: Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.