CBO’s Health Insurance Simulation Model: Overview of Planned Updates
Presentation by Jessica Banthin, Deputy Assistant Director in CBO’s Health, Retirement, and Long-Term Analysis Division (HRLD), and Alexandra Minicozzi, Chief of HRLD’s Health Insurance Modeling Unit, to the American Academy of Actuaries.
CBO’s health insurance simulation model (HISIM) generates estimates of health insurance coverage and premiums for the population under age 65. HISIM is used to help develop baseline projections (which incorporate the assumption that current law generally remains the same) and also to model proposed changes in policies that affect health insurance coverage.
Currently, CBO is developing and testing a new version of HISIM to respond to continued Congressional interest in understanding the effects of legislative proposals that significantly affect health insurance coverage. The new model will be used to help develop CBO’s spring 2019 baseline projections and subsequent cost estimates.