David Auerbach, PhD, is a health economist and Deputy Director for Research at the Health Policy Commission. His work spans a number of focus areas across the HPC including understanding employer markets for insurance, spending trends and cost drivers, primary care and the health care workforce. Prior to working at the HPC, he was a senior policy research at the RAND Corporation in Boston and prior to that, he was a principal analyst at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington DC.
Recent Posts by David Auerbach
Massachusetts has been a national leader in ensuring access to high quality coverage and health care. While the state has made progress on a number of fronts, one substantial ongoing challenge is the significant variation in provider prices for the same sets of services.
In the September, 2011 issue of Health Affairs, we examined the impact of a decade of health care cost growth on the income of a typical, median-income family of four with employer-sponsored health insurance. To recap, between 1999 and 2009, the middle-class family’s nominal monthly income...