Informing Health Initiatives: Summary of Requests and Assistance Provided, November 2009-February 2010

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 November 2009 through February 2010.
Source of RequestRequestDateStaff ResponsibleAssistance Provided
Senate Finance CommitteeEstimates of the concentration and persistence in the level of health expenditures11/09Steven Cohen
William Yu
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 ServiceEstimates of employer costs for health insurance as a percent of establishment payroll12/09Beth CrimmellProvided 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 CommitteeEstimates of employer-sponsored premiums1/10Jim BranscomeProvided 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, HHSEstimates of out-of- pocket spending for medical care1/10Didem BernardProvided detailed estimates out-of-pocket spending for medical care according to certain dollar thresholds, by specific household characteristics.
Senate Joint Committee on TaxationCharacteristics of individuals with high cost premiums1/10Jim BranscomeProvided detailed estimates of the socio-demographic characteristics of individuals with high cost premiums.
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHSEstimates of the population with extreme financial burdens for health care2/10Tom SeldenProvided 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 cindy.nunley@ahrq.hhs.gov.

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.

Page last reviewed March 2010
Internet Citation: Informing Health Initiatives: Summary of Requests and Assistance Provided, November 2009-February 2010. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/policymakers/health-initiatives/summaries/ihisum0210.html