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Technical Assistance in Evaluating Options for National Healthcare Reform

Solicitation Number: OS4809
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Program Support Center
Location: Division of Acquisition Management
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OS4809
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Award
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June 19, 2009
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HHSP23320091301EC
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297600
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Dr. Jonathan Gruber
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83 Pleasant St

Lexington, Massachusetts 02421-6116
United States
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Added: May 21, 2009 4:28 pm
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), intends to negotiate with Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D. on a sole sources basis for technical assistance in evaluating options for national healthcare reform. The basis for restricting competition is the authority of 41 USC 253(c)(1) 106-1(b) because there is only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy DHHS requirements. The anticipated contract period will be eight months.



ASPE requires a technical memorandum on the estimated changes in health insurance coverage and associated costs and impacts to the government under alternative specifications of health system reform. The requirement includes developing estimates of various health reform proposals on health insurance coverage and cost. The alternative specifications to be considered will be derived from the President’s health reform proposal. This project is a continuation of work that Dr. Gruber is currnetly providing for ASPE.



Dr. Gruber is uniquely positioned to provide the analytic work ASPE requires based on over 15 years of experience in health care and health policy. Dr. Gruber is a recognized expert in health policy in economics including being widely published in peer-reviewed academic and health policy literature on the effects of changes in health benefit designs on the cost of enrollment in health insurance. Moreover, in order to estimate the impacts, Dr. Gruber developed a proprietary statistically sophisticated micro-simulation model that has the flexibility to ascertain the distribution of changes in health care spending and public and private sector health care costs due to a large variety of changes in health insurance benefit design, public program eligibility criteria, and tax policy. This model has been used for other health reform proposal. Finally, Dr. Gruber’s ongoing work with ASPE, using these proprietary models to help inform the Office of Health Reform, strongly positions him to meet HHS’ requirements the most efficiently, which is a key requirement in order for well-developed legislative proposals to be put forth for Congressional consideration as soon as possible.



The purpose of this synopsis is to determine whether there may be other sources with the necessary expertise and qualifications to perform the work described above. All responsible sources may submit a capability statement, proposal, or quotation, which shall be considered by the agency Any interested source, in order to meet HHS requirements will need to demonstrate and address in their capability statement (1) A recognized expert in health policy and economics with special expertise on the effects of changes in health benefit design on the cost of enrollment in health insurance (2) a proven micro-simulation model with the flexibility to ascertain the distribution of changes in health care spending and public and private sector health care costs due to a large variety of changes in health insurance benefit design, public program eligibility criteria, and tax policy (3) the ability to seamlessly and immediately begin working with ASPE and the Office of Health Reform No solicitation document is available. Capability statements should be submitted by June 5, 2009 at 5 p.m. eastern time to the point of contact listed in this announcement.

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Parklawn Building Room 5-101
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20857
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Clint D Druk
Phone: 301-443-0403