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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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What Impact HIPAA? State Regulation and Private Health Insurance Coverage Among Adults.

October 19, 2000
by Deborah J. Chollet, Ph.D. Mathematica Policy Research Kosali Ilayperuma Simon, Ph.D. Michigan State University and

Impact of Access Regulation on Health Insurance Market Structure

October 19, 2000
Recent studies of health insurance regulation all have concluded that state regulation of insurance issue, renewal and rating in general either reduces health insurance coverage or, on net, has no impact on coverage.

Consumer Protection in Private Insurance: State Implementation and Enforcement Experience

September 30, 2000
CONSUMER PROTECTION IN PRIVATE INSURANCE: STATE IMPLEMENTATION AND ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE A Report for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and EvaluationU.S. Department of Health and Human Services Contract No. HHS 100-97-0005 By: Stephanie Lewis, J.D., M.H.S.A. Karen Pollitz, M.P.P.

Medicare, Accountability, and Structural Reform

September 4, 2000
Members of Congress and others have expressed frustration over the slow progress of the Medicare + Choice program, which makes managed care options available to senior citizens. In particular, critics have been disappointed by the low penetration rate for Medicare managed care.

An Inventory Of Federally Sponsored HIV And HIV-Relevant Databases

June 30, 2000
Center for Health Services Research and Policy School of Public Health and Health Services  George Washington University Medical Center  "

Teen Risk-Taking: A Statistical Portrait

May 31, 2000
This booklet provides a statistical portrait of teen participation in 10 of the most prevalent risk behaviors. It focuses on the overall participation in each behavior and in multiple risk-taking.

State Estimates of Uninsured Children, January 1998. Final Report.

May 16, 2000
By: Allen L. Schirm John L. Czajka May 17, 2000

Medicare+Choice: Payment and Service Areas

April 30, 2000
The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 included a number of changes to Medicare managed care. The newly created Medicare+Choice program differs from its predecessor with regard to payment policies, enrollment and disenrollment policies, and the types of plans that can contract to provide care to Medicare beneficiaries.