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Health & Health Care

ASPE produces health policy research with a focus on equity, coverage, and access. Find resources related to a broad range of topics, including the uninsured population, vaccine hesitancy, Medicaid/CHIP, Medicare, the federal marketplace (, telehealth, health care delivery, underserved areas, delivery system transformation, health outcomes, and social determinants of health.


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Psychosocial Supports in Medication-Assisted Treatment: Site Visit Findings and Conclusions

July 2, 2019
July 2019 Printer Friendly Version in PDF Format (47 PDF pages)

Aligning Federal Performance Indicators Across Programs Promoting Self-Sufficiency: Key Considerations For Policymakers

July 1, 2019
This brief summarizes the current set of federal performance indicators and provides key policy considerations for policymakers and administrators within federal and state agencies who are interested in building a framework for coordinated performance measurement.
ASPE Issue Brief

Aligning Federal Performance Indicators Across Programs Promoting Self-Sufficiency: Actionable Steps For Program Design And Practice

July 1, 2019
This brief outlines actionable steps that program designers at the federal, state, or local level can take to build or use aligned measures across programs in ways that can improve program management and increase service coordination.

Strengthening Human Services through Social Capital

May 15, 2019
ASPE has contracted with Research Triangle Institute and the University of North Carolina School of Government to understand how local, state, faith-based, and nonprofit human services programs and organizations can create and use social capital to increase employment, reduce poverty, and improve child and family well-being.
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The Special Diabetes Program for Indians: Estimates of Medicare Savings

May 9, 2019
Between 1996 and 2013, there was a 54% decrease in the incidence of diabetes-related end-stage renal disease (ESRD-DM) in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/ AN) populations. This decline has occurred since the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) was established in 1997.
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Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Extending Coverage of Immunosuppressive Drugs under Medicare

May 9, 2019
By statute, the majority of patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are eligible for Medicare, regardless of age. Kidney transplantation is ultimately considered the best treatment for ESRD, but ESRD-related eligibility for Medicare coverage extends for only 36 months post-transplant.

Analysis of Pathways to Dual Eligible Status: Final Report

May 8, 2019
Zhanlian Feng, PhD,Alison Vadnais, MHS, Emily Vreeland, BA, Susan Haber, PhD, Joshua Wiener, PhD, and Bob Baker, BA RTI International Printer Friendly Version in PDF Format (46 PDF pages)

Loss of Medicare-Medicaid Dual Eligible Status: Frequency, Contributing Factors and Implications

May 8, 2019
This paper seeks to document the frequency of Medicaid coverage loss among full-benefit dual eligible beneficiaries and identify potential causes for coverage loss. For dual eligible beneficiaries, the loss of full-benefit Medicaid coverage is of concern because most of them do not have an alternative source of health insurance for the services covered by full-benefit Medicaid.

2018 HHS Data Strategy: Enhancing the HHS Evidence-Based Portfolio

April 30, 2019
The 2018 HHS Data Strategy focuses on improving the Department’s capacity to develop statistical evidence to support policymaking and program evaluation over the next six to eight years.
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Transitions in Care and Service Use among Medicare Beneficiaries in Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Issue Brief

April 15, 2019
Medicare beneficiaries in inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs) have complex conditions that require sustained engagement with physical and mental health care providers. People who receive care from IPFs are at risk for a range of negative health outcomes, but surprisingly little is known about their patterns of care.