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Informing Health Initiatives: Summary of Requests and Assistance Provided, April 2011-July 2011

A summary of requests to the Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends (CFACT) for information to inform health initiatives, and of the assistance provided from September 2011 through July 2011.
Source of RequestRequestDateStaff ResponsibleAssistance Provided
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), HHSAnalysis of assets of uninsured families4/11Jessica Banthin and Didem BernardProvided a detailed analysis of the assets held by uninsured families. The analysis updated estimates published in Health Affairs with more recent MEPS data, and presented several different definitions of financial assets and net worth. Median values by quantile and income groups for both the insured and uninsured were sent to ASPE. The request originated with Rick Kronick. It forms a key part of the ASPE Brief titled, The Value of Health Insurance: Few of the Uninsured Have Adequate Resources to Pay Potential Hospital Bills (May 2011).
Office of Tax Analysis, U.S. Department of the TreasuryMonthly expenditure files from MEPS to assign specific events to certain months4/11Tom SeldenProvided segments of AHRQ microsimulation databases and produced updated "monthly expenditure" files for 2008 by applying algorithms to assign events from the MEPS event files to specific months.
Congressional Budget OfficeSimulation of the Medicaid eligibility units in the KIDSIM microsimulation model5/11Julie Hudson, Jessica Banthin, and Tom SeldenProvided a memo summarizing the programs and secondary source variables used to indentify Medicaid units in the KIDSIM model.
Congressional Budget OfficeSize of the non-group market and average length of spell of non-group coverage5/11Jessica BanthinProvided estimates from the MEPS on the size of the non-group health insurance markets and the average lengths of spells of non-group coverage.
Congressional Budget OfficeNational expenditure estimates of persons who died in a given year5/11Anita SoniProvided comprehensive expenditure estimates of persons who died in a given year based on the MEPS data.
Office of Management and BudgetEmployment-related insurance information6/11Steve HillProvided information on the analytic capacity of the MEPS to address issues related to employment-related health insurance coverage.
Government Accounting OfficeTrends in the use of prescription pain relievers7/11Marie Stagnitti, Ed Miller, Steve Hill, and Steve CohenProvided consultations to address questions related to measuring trends of prescription pain reliever use.
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHSEstimates of persons gaining eligibility to Medicaid based on the ACA7/11Tom SeldenProvided MEPS-based microsimulation estimates in the areas of: (1) estimates of the number of persons who gained Medicaid eligibility under ACA solely due to the exclusion of non-taxable Social Security from the Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) definition of countable income; (2) estimates of the proportion of post-reform Medicaid eligibles who would have been eligible under pre-reform rules, and who are thus ineligible for the higher Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP); and (3) input to the ACA formula for replacing pre-reform income thresholds with MAGI-based standards while ensuring no net aggregate gain or loss of eligibility.

Requests for data and publications: Descriptive statistics for all assistance provided are available upon request. Please contact Cindy Nunley at

Note: HHS is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; KIDSIM is an AHRQ microsimulation model focusing on children's coverage. ACA is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Source: Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Page last reviewed September 2011
Internet Citation: Informing Health Initiatives: Summary of Requests and Assistance Provided, April 2011-July 2011. September 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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