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Office of Health Policy (HP)

The Office of Health Policy (HP) provides a cross-cutting policy perspective that bridges Departmental programs, public and private sector activities, and the research community, in order to develop, analyze, coordinate and provide leadership on health policy issues for the Secretary. HP carries out this mission by conducting policy, economic and budget analyses, assisting in the development and review of regulations, assisting in the development and formulation of budgets and legislation, assisting in survey design efforts, as well as conducting and coordinating research, evaluation, and information dissemination on issues relating to health policy.

HP is organized in four divisions that align with major Department programs :

Division of Health Care Financing Policy (HFP)
Division of Public Health Services (PHS)
Division of Health Care Access and Coverage (HAC)
Division of Health Care Quality and Outcomes (HQO)

Health Policy Research:

  • Reports to Congress
  • Affordable Care Act Research & Issue Briefs
  • HP Authored or Sponsored Work Published in Journals

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Building the Evidence Base for Social Determinants of Health Interventions

September 23, 2021
In an effort to help build the evidence base around the social determinants of health (SDOH), the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) engaged RAND in a project to evaluate the current evidence from programs and policies targeting SDOH and identify the SDOH research questions, data sources, and data gaps that might be used to develop an SDOH research agenda.
ASPE Issue Brief

Air Ambulance Use and Surprise Billing

September 10, 2021
Air ambulances are used to transport patients in critical situations from the scene of an injury or accident to hospitals, or between hospitals.
Report

Value-Based Payment and Health Care System Preparedness and Resilience

August 16, 2021
Over the past 20 years, Medicare and many private payers have transitioned to policies known collectively as value based purchasing (VBP). The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on health, health care, the economy, and our daily lives over the past 15 months.
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Research Data Networks and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trends and Opportunities: Scan and Interviews with Key Informants

July 21, 2021
This report focuses on research networks that engage in or support research on patient-centered outcomes. The report was produced as part of the strategic planning process for the Office of the Secretary Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund portfolio. Related Products
ASPE Issue Brief

Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care for American Indians and Alaska Natives: Current Trends and Key Challenges

July 21, 2021
This Issue Brief describes changes in the uninsured rate, health coverage, and access to care for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) and discusses key policies for this population, including how the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) builds on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and invests additional resources in the Indian health care system.
ASPE Issue Brief

State Medicaid Telehealth Policies Before and During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

July 19, 2021
States have embraced Medicaid telehealth flexibilities during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), enhancing beneficiary access to services delivered via telehealth. This Issue Brief examines state Medicaid telehealth coverage and policies before and after the COVID-19 PHE was declared in January 2020. Related Products
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Access to Affordable Care in Rural America: Current Trends and Key Challenges

July 9, 2021
Medicaid and the Marketplace are important sources of affordable, comprehensive healthcare coverage for millions of Americans living in rural areas, and the American Rescue Plan bolsters rural coverage options. But challenges in accessing care remain in many rural areas, including provider shortages, infrastructure limitations, and long distances to care.
ASPE Issue Brief

The American Rescue Plan and the Unemployed: Making Health Coverage More Affordable After Job Loss

July 1, 2021
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) offers enhanced health insurance premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions for people receiving unemployment compensation (UC) benefits in 2021. The enhanced subsidies are accessible on HealthCare.gov as of July 1, 2021.
ASPE Issue Brief

Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care for LGBTQ+ Individuals: Recent Trends and Key Challenges

June 30, 2021
This Issue Brief analyzes national survey data to discuss demographic characteristics of the LGB+ community, recent trends in insurance coverage for this population, and various challenges and barriers to care faced by the broader LGBTQ+ community. Related Products