Informing Health Initiatives: Summary of Requests and Assistance Provided, December 2010-March 2011
|Source of Request||Request||Date||Staff Responsible||Assistance Provided|
|Congressional Budget Office||Estimates of private and government sector health insurance enrollment and eligibility, by industry.||12/10||Beth Crimmel and Jim Branscome||Provided national estimates of private and government sector health insurance enrollment, eligibility, and other measures, by industry. The estimates were obtained from the 2009 MEPS Insurance Component.|
|Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS||Analysis of benefits for children of Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)||12/10||Jessica Banthin,|
Julie Hudson, and Tom Selden
|Provided MEPS estimates for coverage, expenditures, and preventive care utilization for use on a paper that would be published on the second anniversary of the CHIPRA reauthorization.|
|Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS||Characteristics of people under 133% of poverty for eligibility for Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) matching funds for state Medicaid programs||12/10||Tom Selden||Provided “rush” assistance with estimates from the MEPS on how many individuals: (a) have a mental illness; (b) do not speak English as a first language; or (c) are not citizens.|
|Office of Health Reform, HHS||Use of preventive care by the uninsured||12/10||Joel Cohen and Anita Soni||Provided technical assistance from the MEPS on the use of preventive care by the uninsured.|
|Council of Economic Advisors||Availability of survey data for evaluating health reform||12/10||Steve Cohen||Provided data from the MEPS covering topics such as the capacity for large-scale surveys to collect the data that will be needed to evaluate key provisions of health reform, and changes that could be made now that would improve evaluation capacity.|
|Office of Management and Budget (OMB)||Simulation Models and Expenditure Projections||12/10||Jessica Banthin and staff||Provided a seminar for OMB colleagues to enable them to better understand AHRQ simulation models and related research on projecting expenditures. The purpose of the seminar was to help OMB develop its own microsimulation capacity.|
|Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS||Estimates of persons who might be denied coverage in the non-group market were they to apply||1/11||Jessica Banthin||Provided estimates of persons who might be denied coverage in the non-group market were they to apply. The analysis was based on MEPS data. Some of the estimates were produced for ASPE on request. For more information, see At Risk: Pre-Existing Conditions Could Affect 1 in 2 Americans.|
|Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS||Estimates of the financial net worth of uninsured individuals||2/11||Didem Bernard||Provided estimates of the financial net worth of uninsured individuals. This work follows closely upon the published paper “Wealth, Income and Affordability of Health Care” by Bernard, Banthin and Encinosa, published in Health Affairs. The data used to provide the estimates was the MEPS Household Component.|
|Office of Health Reform, HHS||Medical expenditures and out-of-pocket costs for the uninsured||2/11||Joel Cohen and Steve Machlin||Provided estimates for medical expenditures and out-of-pocket costs for the uninsured. The estimates were produced from data provided by the MEPS.|
|Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS||Employer-based health insurance generosity for selected services||2/11||Jeff Rhoades, Jim Branscome, and Marc Roemer||Provided technical assistance and estimates for the Health System Tracking Project.|
|Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS||Assessing the need for collecting new disability-related data to address Federal and State agency information needs||3/11||Steve Hill, DEB Potter, and Fran Chevarley, and other AHRQ staff||Provided detailed responses to disability-related program and policy questions that remain unanswered due to data limitations. The goal of the project is to ensure a comprehensive evaluation of information needs.|
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; ASPE is the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.
Source: Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.