ResDAC assists researchers with requesting data for two large insurance programs administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Medicare is a federal health insurance program for those aged 65 and older, certain people under 65 with disabilities, and people of any age with End Stage Renal Disease. Medicare covers about 96% of all US citizens aged 65 and older.
Medicaid is a joint federal/state health insurance program, providing coverage to low-income children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, some elderly and non-elderly adults. While the federal government defines broad national guidelines of eligibility and services, each state’s program establishes its own eligibility standards and determines the scope of services.
Dual Eligibles are individuals who are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid.
CMS offers different types of data from summarized reports to individual-level data.
The type of data file that is right for you will depend on a number of factors. They are:
- Level of detail needed
- Level of customization required
- Budget available
- Time to obtain
- Storage available
Read more on this topic from the article, "Differences between RIF, LDS, and PUF Data Files".