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NORC offers reliable expertise in Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance policy issues and marketplace support within the rapidly changing health care landscape.

Medicare and Medicaid, along with other federal health insurance programs like the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act marketplace health insurance subsidies account for more than 25 percent of the federal budget*. Ensuring the quality, accessibility, and cost-effectiveness of care is paramount to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), states, and other agencies involved in administering these programs, as well as to providers and patients.

NORC’s long partnership with CMS spans a wide variety of projects including surveys, technical assistance, and evaluation research designed to provide accessible findings and actionable results for researchers and policymakers alike. Among these projects, NORC supports CMS initiatives to test and evaluate new administrative, service, and payment models for those enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. NORC also conducts the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey for CMS, which provides critical information on health care access, utilization, living arrangements, and spending by Medicare enrollees, and informs program policymaking. 

Through efforts such as the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program Value-Based Payment and Financial Simulation project, NORC provides informative solutions and accessible information to leaders and policymakers regarding ways for Medicaid programs across the country to improve the effectiveness of how providers and managed care organizations are paid under Medicaid. These efforts improve both the cost and quality of outcomes for Medicaid enrollees and help states operate more effective Medicaid programs. 

Medicare, Medicaid & Private Health Insurance Experts

Highlighted Projects

Understanding the Importance of Consistent Medicaid Coverage

A pandemic moratorium on Medicaid disenrollment allows for a unique study


Association for Community Affiliated Plans

California Health Coverage Survey

An annual survey to inform improvements in California’s health insurance marketplace


Covered California