This project is funded under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s research program, “Health Data for Action (HD4A),” which makes valuable data from unique data owners available to researchers to answer important research questions. The goal of the study is to generate policy-relevant findings about the potential impacts of the Medicare Advantage program on financial outcomes and on racial/ethnic disparities in financial risk-protection. Using Medicare data linked to Experian credit history data, the study seeks to: 1) determine if enrollment in Medicare Advantage leads to a reduction in past-due payments and improved credit compared with enrollment in traditional Medicare; and 2) understand if Medicare Advantage has different financial impacts for Black and Hispanic enrollees, relative to White enrollees. An event study design and multivariate linear regression will be used to address the research questions. Deliverables will include a project work plan, final narrative, and financial reports. The researchers will also produce paper(s) suitable for publication and present findings at national research meetings and to other stakeholder audiences as appropriate, including policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels and other key stakeholders, as part of the deliverables for this grant.

Grant #78954
Grantee Organization: Brown University, School of Public Health
Grantee period: 12/1/2021– 11/30/2025
Budget: $99,894

Principal Investigator:

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David J. Meyers, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Ph.D. Candidate - Assistant Professor

David Meyers is an Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice and an Investigator in the Cen... Read Bio