Methods for Analyzing Health Insurance Coverage

Gauging health insurance coverage and changes to it is a critical component of CBO’s work on health care. In analyzing health insurance coverage, the agency draws from the health economics literature, policy analyses, household survey data, and administrative data, as well as from its health insurance simulation model, HISIM2. That microsimulation model generates estimates of health insurance coverage and premiums for the population under age 65 as well as estimates of the effects of proposed policy changes. Information about CBO’s analytical methods is provided in reports listed below.