Informing Health Initiatives: Summary of Requests and Assistance Provided, June 2009

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 June 2009.
Source of RequestRequestDateStaff ResponsibleAssistance Provided
Office of Health Reform, HHSEstimates of health plan choice in employer-sponsored health insurance and take-up rates6/09Jessica Vistnes
Steven Hill
Provided tables showing (1) distribution of workers by health insurance and plan choice availability, including the source of the plan (self or through HIEU), (2) insurance status and take-up rates for wage-earners ages 21-64, (3) characteristics of workers, by health insurance and plan choice availability, and (4) status for insurance offer and choice of plans for adults ages 21-64, all using data from the 2006 MEPS HC.
Office of Health Reform, HHSEstimates of choice of physicians among adults ages 18-64 with employment-related insurance, 2002 and 20066/09Steven HillProvided estimates of choice of physicians as well as estimates on whether it was easy or a problem to get a physician of choice (that they were "happy with"). Data were analyzed by poverty level, race/ethnicity measures, and gender.
Office of Health Reform, HHSEstimates of types of plans offered at private establishments6/09Jessica VistnesProvided estimates on plan offerings at private establishments by firm size, wage quartile, and census division. Plan offerings included HMOs, fee-for-service, and PPO-type plans both with and without gatekeepers.
Office of Health Reform, HHSEstimates of per capita health care costs and utilization for people with diabetes6/09Joel CohenProvided data on expenditures by condition is posted annually on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Web site.  Additionally, a paper was provided on "Spending And Service Use Among People With the Fifteen Most Costly Medical Conditions, 1997," by Joel Cohen in Health Affairs.
Office of Health Reform, HHSEstimates of percent of private establishments with two-thirds or more employees age 50 and over6/09Jessica VistnesProvided estimates of percent of private establishments with two-thirds or more employees age 50 and over and their premium levels (for both single and family policies), by firm size.
Office of Health Reform, HHSEstimates of number of private-sector establishments offering health insurance6/09Jessica VistnesEstimates of number of private-sector establishments offering health insurance, by firm size, as well as percent offering health insurance.
Office of Health Reform, HHSEstimates of percent of household income spent on premiums and out of pocket for non-elderly families with middle income (200-399% FPL)6/09Didem BernardProvided estimates of percent of household income spent on premium and out-of-pocket expenses for non-elderly families (HIEU) with middle income (200-399% FPL), by State (30 States included). Estimates of percent of households spending 10% or more on premiums and out-of-pocket expenses were provided as well. Other tables were provided with estimates on out-of-pocket spending by geographic division and region. National estimates were included in all tables.
Office of Health Reform, HHSPercent of establishments that offer health insurance6/09Jim Branscome
Beth Crimmel
Estimates of the percent of establishments that offer health insurance, private sector, by establishment payroll and establishment size.
Office of Senator Charles Schumer, New YorkEstimates of the concentration of health care expenditures for the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population and for New York State, derived from MEPS6/09Steve Cohen
Bill Yu
Fred Rohde
Provided tables showing percentile ranks for concentrations of health care expenditures of both the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population and for New York State. Additionally, the paper "The Concentration and Persistence in the Level of Health Expenditures Over Time: Estimates for the U.S. Population 2005-2006" was provided.
Congressional Research ServiceEstimates on percent of single and family enrollees with a premium greater than the FEHBP cap6/09Jim Branscome
Beth Crimmel
Provided estimates of percentages of single enrollees and families with premiums greater than the FEHBP cap, as well as estimates increasing the FEHBP caps by 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 25%, 30%, 35%, 40%, and 45%.
Congressional Research ServiceNumber of uninsured at a given point in time by poverty level as measured using (1) CPS units and (2) HIEU units6/09Julie HudsonProvided existing tables of uninsured at time of first interview by poverty levels using (1) CPS units and (2) HIEU units (provided by Joel Cohen).

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.

Notes: CPS is Current Population Survey. FEHBP is Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan. FPL is Federal Poverty Level. HC is the Household Component of MEPS. HHS is U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HIEU is health insurance eligibility unit. HMO is health maintenance organization. MEPS is the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. PPO is preferred provider organization.

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

Current as of November 2009
Internet Citation: Informing Health Initiatives: Summary of Requests and Assistance Provided, June 2009. November 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/policymakers/health-initiatives/summaries/ihisum0609.html