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Prescription Drug Affordability among Medicare Beneficiaries

More than 5 million Medicare beneficiaries struggle to afford prescription medications. Among adults 65 and older, Black and Latino beneficiaries are most likely to experience affordability problems. Medicare beneficiaries with lower incomes and those under age 65 also had above-average rates of not taking needed medications due to cost.

Health Insurance Deductibles Among HealthCare.gov Enrollees, 2017-2021

The Affordable Care Act provides premium subsidies for Marketplace eligible individuals to improve health insurance affordability, as well as cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) for many enrollees that limit out-of-pocket spending such as deductibles.

Access to Preventive Services without Cost-Sharing: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act

This Issue Brief summarizes the ACA's preventive services provisions for private health coverage, Medicare, and Medicaid; provides updated estimates of the number of people benefiting from these provisions nationally; and examines evidence on trends in utilization of preventive services and outcomes since the ACA's preventive services coverage requirements went into effect.

Methods and Emerging Strategies to Engage People with Lived Experience

This brief identifies methods and emerging strategies to engage people with lived experience in federal research, programming, and policymaking. It draws on lessons learned from federal initiatives across a range of human services areas to identify ways that federal staff can meaningfully and effectively engage people with lived experience. Related Products:

Variation in use of anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibody therapies by social vulnerability and urbanicity

Anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies are an effective treatment to prevent progression to severe COVID-19 or hospitalization in high-risk individuals. Despite the benefits offered by monoclonal antibody treatment, early reports indicated that these therapeutics were not being widely used.

Facilitating Consumer Choice: Standardized Plans in Health Insurance Marketplaces

Standardized plans are a policy option that can simplify Marketplace consumer comparison shopping and bring more value to consumers by offering the same deductibles and cost-sharing across plans. This report provides an overview of the evidence to date on how standardized plans can potentially benefit consumers, improve health equity, and enhance plan competition.

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Demonstration Program: Report to Congress, 2020

This is the fourth annual report to Congress describing results from the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) evaluation. This report summarizes changes in CCBHC rates and costs from demonstration year one (DY1) to DY2, performance on quality measures in DY1, and the extent to which states provided quality bonus payments (QBPs) to CCBHCs for DY1.

Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care for Immigrants: Key Challenges and Policy Options

This report provides an overview of the characteristics of the immigrant population in the United States, their health status and barriers to care, recent trends in health insurance coverage, their access to Federal health programs, and how they have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It also offers possible policy approaches to improve health care equity for this diverse population.

Child and Caregiver Outcomes Using Linked Data: Project Overview

The Child and Caregiver Outcomes Using Linked Data project provides technical assistance to states to develop state-specific datasets linking the Medicaid administrative claims of parents with the records of their children from the child welfare system. The data will be combined into a multi-state, de-identified data sets for secondary data analysis.

Towards an Analytic Framework to Address Economic-Related Risk Factors in Child Welfare: Event Summary

Many child welfare systems have begun to provide prevention services to mitigate economic-related factors that place children at risk of entering foster care. Transforming child welfare systems to prevent child maltreatment and child welfare system involvement requires adequate information and analytic approaches.

COVID-19 Vaccination Associated with Reductions in COVID-19 Mortality and Morbidity in the United States, and an Approach to Valuing these Benefits

This ASPE Research Report models the estimated reductions in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths associated with COVID-19 vaccination from December 2020 through July 2021. To download the Research Report, please download the PDF to the right under “Files”. To explore our dashboard that presents the Report’s results, please see below.

Medicaid After Pregnancy: State-Level Implications of Extending Postpartum Coverage

The postpartum period is increasingly recognized as a target for policy intervention to improve maternal health. The American Rescue Plan Act included an option for states to offer 12 months of postpartum Medicaid eligibility, a significant extension from the current requirement of 60 days.

Medicare Beneficiaries’ Use of Telehealth in 2020: Trends by Beneficiary Characteristics and Location

This research report examines changes in Medicare fee-for-service Part B visits and use of telehealth in 2020 during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) by beneficiary characteristics, provider specialty, and location. The analysis found that Medicare in-person visits dropped while telehealth visits increased significantly at the start of the pandemic.

Participation in the U.S. Social Safety Net: Coverage of Low-income Families, 2018

Participation in the social safety net varies widely across programs—from 15 percent among eligibles for subsidized child care (CCDF) to over 75 percent for Medicaid/CHIP and EITC.  Participation differs by race and ethnicity, yet patterns are not consistent. In general rates differ more across programs than between race-ethnic groups.

Evidence on Surprise Billing: Protecting Consumers with the No Surprises Act

On January 1, 2022, the surprise billing provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 - commonly referred to as the No Surprises Act - go into effect. Surprise billing occurs when a privately insured individual receives an unexpected bill either in an emergency situation or when a service in an in-network facility is provided by an out-of-network provider.

Network Adequacy for Behavioral Health: Existing Standards and Considerations for Designing Standards

Network adequacy is often defined as having enough providers within a health plan network to ensure reasonable and timely access to care. At a minimum, health plans should include a sufficient number of providers who deliver mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) services (collectively referred to in this report as behavioral health services) to support access to those services.

Assessing Uninsured Rates in Early Care and Education Workers

This Data Point presents current estimates of uninsured rates among early care and education workers (ECE), which includes individuals employed by Head Start, childcare center providers, and preschools. These populations have lower incomes on average and often lack access to benefits, including health coverage, commonly received by teachers in the K-12 system and post-secondary schools.

Emergency Playbook for Federal Human Services Programs

This playbook aims to synthesize lessons learned and recommendations from existing resources, emergency management protocols, and interviews with federal program staff about responding to emergencies and disasters.

Tracking Health Insurance Coverage in 2020-2021

Federal surveys relied on by researchers and policymakers for estimates of the uninsured population have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, potentially influencing the accuracy of their estimates. This report analyzes evidence from a variety of data sources, including surveys and administrative data, which collectively indicate that the number of uninsured people in the U.S.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Overdose Prevention Strategy

From 1999 through 2019, there were more than 840,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States. The crisis has continually evolved and escalated, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, when an estimated 93,000 persons lost their lives to drug overdose in 2020--approximately a 30% increase over the year prior.

Comparing Outcomes for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries in Integrated Care: Final Report

Dual eligible beneficiaries are an important subset of the Medicare and Medicaid populations because they have a high prevalence of chronic conditions and disabilities, substantial care needs, and high health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS) utilization and costs.

The Impacts and Implications of COVID-19 on Household Arrangements

This brief identifies emerging literature on the impacts and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on household arrangements as well as considerations for how to best serve multiple individuals and families under one roof during the pandemic and in the future.

Improving Outcomes for American Indian/Alaska Native People Returning to the Community from Incarceration: A Resource Guide for Service Providers

This resource guide for providers working with American Indian/Alaska Native people reentering their communities from incarceration, contains a compilation of federal resources, research, examples, and helpful considerations for facilitating a successful reentry. Related Products:

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