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.
The Office of Health Policy 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
OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION:
- Children's Health Insurance and CHIP
- Consumer Protection and Patient Safety
- Health Information and Statistics
- Health Policy
- Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
- Health Insurance Marketplace
- Healthcare Reform
- Other Research
- Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (PCORTF)
- Public Health
- Healthcare Safety Net
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Community Health Workers (CHWs) are an emerging group of health professionals that have recently drawn increased national attention because of their potential to deliver cost-effective, high quality, and culturally competent health services within team-based care models. The apparent benefits of integrating CHWs into health care teams seem to depend on context.
ADDENDUM TO THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACES 2016 OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD: JANUARY ENROLLMENT REPORT
This Addendum contains detailed State-level tables highlighting cumulative enrollment-related information for the Health Insurance Marketplaces (Marketplaces) during the the first part of the 2016 Open Enrollment period for all 50 states and the District of Columbia (11-1-15 to 12-26-15). These tables include data for These data are available for the 38 states that are using the HealthCare.gov platform for the 2016 coverage year (HealthCare.gov states), as well as for the 13 State-Based Marketplaces (SBMs) that are using their own Marketplace platforms for the 2016 coverage year.
Environmental Scan of Programs and Policies Addressing Health Disparities Among Rural Children in Poverty
About 12.9 million children live in rural communities, where they are more likely than their nonrural peers to experience health problems associated with their environment, their socioeconomic status, their own and their families’ health behaviors, and their access to quality clinical care. Despite the wealth of research regarding health disparities by income and race, there is limited information about policies and programs to address disparities among rural children. This environmental scan seeks to help fill this information gap.
By: Kenneth Finegold, Kelsey Avery, Bula Ghose, and Caryn Marks
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides two main avenues for expanding health coverage: the Health Insurance Marketplaces (“Marketplaces”) and the law’s federal support for states that wish to expand their Medicaid programs. This brief estimates how many individuals nationwide might have Marketplace coverage after the upcoming Open Enrollment period (November 1, 2015–January 31, 2016) through the end of 2016.
ASPE ISSUE BRIEF Steven Sheingold, Nguyen Nguyen, and Andre Chappel Disclaimer Persons with disabilities having problems accessing this document may call (202) 690-6870 for assistance.
June 19, 2015 Tia Zeno, Katherine Warren, John Snyder
Medicare’s Hospice Benefit:Revising the Payment System to Better Reflect Visit Intensity May 28, 2015 Steve Sheingold, Susan Bogasky, and Sally Stearns I. Introduction
Plan Selections by ZIP Code in the Health Insurance Marketplace April 2015
Health Insurance Marketplace 2015: Average Premiums After Advance Premium Tax Credits Through January 30 in 37 States Using the Healthcare.Gov Platform
February 9, 2015 Arpit Misra and Thomas Tsai
For the period: November 15, 2014 – January 16, 20151January 27, 2015 Department of Health and Human ServicesOffice of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluationhttp://aspe.hhs.gov
2015 Plan Selections by ZIP Code in the Health Insurance Marketplace January 2015
This brief describes many ways the Affordable Care Act provisions support women’s and children’s health. The Affordable Care Act provides new coverage options through health insurance marketplaces and Medicaid, and also ensures that most insurance plans (so-called ‘non-grandfathered’ plans) provide coverage for certain preventive health services without cost sharing. Other benefits of the law include ending gender discrimination in coverage and prohibiting pre-existing conditions exclusions.
This issue brief highlights available national and state-level enrollment-related information for the first month of the Health Insurance Marketplace 2015 open enrollment period (11-15-14 to 12-15-14) for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Health Practitioner Bonuses and Their Impact on the Availability and Utilization of Primary Care Services
Report author: The Lewin Group
The Affordable Care Act is working to improve competition and choice among affordable Marketplace health insurance plans in 2015. Based on analysis of 35 states, there are over 25 percent more issuers participating in the Marketplace in 2015. Premiums for the benchmark (second-lowest cost) silver plan will increase modestly, by 2 percent on average this year before tax credits, while premiums for the lowest-cost silver plan will increase on average by 5 percent. More than 7 in 10 current Marketplace enrollees can find a lower premium plan in the same metal level before tax credits by returning to shop.