Informing Health Initiatives: Summary of Requests and Assistance Provided, March 2012-July 2012

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 March 2012 through July 2012.
Source of
Request
RequestDateStaff
Responsible
Assistance Provided
CBOEstimates on the effects of the ACA on the number of people obtaining employment-based health insurance3/12Ed Miller,
Bill Carroll,
and  Marc Roemer
The CBO’s HISim model plays an important role in developing assumptions about employer behavior and how they respond to the incentives in the ACA in deciding whether to offer coverage to their employees. Two MEPS Statistical Briefs are visibly utilized in completing the analysis: Statistical Brief #317 by Ed Miller and Bill Carroll, on Full-Time Workers; and Statistical Brief # 344 by Marc Roemer, on Health Insurance Plan Offer Rates. The full CBO report can be found at http://www.cbo.gov/publication/43082.
CBOData on emergency room expenses for persons on Medicaid3/12Steve MachlinProvided assistance to Kirsten Eisen of CBO in interpreting the estimates from the MEPS tables on emergency room expenses for person on Medicaid.
CBOEstimates for average ambulatory care visits, 1997-20076/12Joel CohenProvided data from the MEPS to Melinda Buntin of CBO, on average ambulatory care visits from 1997 through 2007.
CBOData on prescription drug costs6/12Steve Hill and
Marie Stagnitti
Provided statistics from the MEPS to Melinda Buntin of CBO, on prescription drug costs.
CBOTrends on employer contributions for private health insurance, 1996-20106/12Karen DavisProvided data from the MEPS to Frank Russek of CBO, to analyze trends on employer contributions for private health insurance from 1996 through 2010.
CBOEffects of insurance expansions in the ACA on people with mental disorders6/12Sam ZuvekasProvided data from the MEPS to Jessica Banthin of CBO, on the effects of insurance expansions in the ACA on people with mental disorders.
Office of U.S. Congressman
William Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA)
Expenditure estimates for individuals with chronic conditions7/12Anita SoniProvided consultation Congressman William Cassidy's office, on expenditure estimates from the MEPS for individuals with chronic conditions.
CBOEstimates of within-year income volatility affecting Medicaid eligibility and eligibility for subsidies to obtain health insurance through the Exchanges7/12Tom SeldenProvided data from the MEPS to CBO, to address issues related to estimates of within-year income volatility. Income volatility affects Medicaid eligibility and eligibility for subsidies to acquire health insurance coverage through the Exchanges.

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: ACA is the Affordable Care Act of 2010; CBO is the Congressional Budget office; HISim is Health Insurance Simulation; 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.

Page last reviewed July 2012
Internet Citation: Informing Health Initiatives: Summary of Requests and Assistance Provided, March 2012-July 2012. July 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/policymakers/health-initiatives/summaries/ihisum0712.html