Researching models to expand health insurance

Policy makers evaluating alternative proposals for expanding coverage for the uninsured frequently face a bewildering array of estimates of the effects of the proposals on costs and coverage. Economists produce such estimates using complex economic and statistical techniques known as microsimulation models. The purpose of this project is to improve the ability of modelers to produce consistent estimates of the effects of coverage expansions that are useful to policy makers. In particular, the project will seek to establish consensus among modelers on the structure of models and the values of the underlying parameters in those models. The consensus conclusions will be shared with policy analysts to help make the modeling process more transparent and understandable. The project will also lay the groundwork for estimating the effects of coverage proposals being developed by others.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $162,046.00

Awarded on: 8/23/2000

Time frame: 9/1/2000 - 8/31/2002

Grant Number: 39999


Columbia University

630 West 168th Street
New York, 10032-3702


Sherry A. Glied
Project Director