Amy Davidoff, PhD

Senior Research Scientist in Public Health (Health Policy)

Public Health Interests

Cancer; Cancer screening; Chronic Conditions; Health Care Financing; Health Disparities; Health Economics; Health insurance; Health Policy; Health Services Research; Medicare/Medicaid; Prescription Drugs; Uninsured

Research Organizations

Cancer Prevention and Control

COPPER Center

School of Public Health

Research Summary

Dr. Davidoff studies the ways in which federal and state policies affect availability and cost of private insurance, eligibility and participation in public insurance, and impacts of insurance on access to care, use of services, and health care spending. In previous research she has studied the effects of the Medicaid and SCHIP expansions, private market insurance reform, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Part D, and most recently, the Affordable Care Act. Much of her recent research has focused on the specific effects for individuals newly diagnosed with cancer, or longer term cancer survivors.

Extensive Research Description

Dr. Davidoff's research focuses on the effects of public policy on the availability and cost of private insurance, eligibility and participation in public insurance, and impacts of insurance on access to care, use of services, and health care spending. Particular foci for this research have included the Medicaid and SCHIP expansions, private market insurance reform, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Part D, and most recently, the Affordable Care Act. In the past several years she has applied this research to individuals with cancer and their treatment, with specific expertise in lung, colorectal, and hematologic malignancies. Dr. Davidoff has also directed several studies to examine comparative effectiveness of cancer treatments, applying methods of marginal structural modeling and instrumental variables. She has developed methods to improve covariate control for health status in claims-based studies of cancer treatment and outcomes. She has extensive experience working with survey data, including the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), tumor registry data, and insurance claims (SEER-Medicare, Chronic Condition Warehouse, Marketscan). Recent research has examined the relationship between supplemental insurance in the Medicare population and the economic burden of cancer, and how Medicare coverage influences access to oral cancer medications. Ongoing research focuses on reimbursement policy and trends in use and spending on oral and parenteral antineoplastic agents, as well as early evaluation of the impact of the Affordable Care Act on cancer survivors.

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Contact Info

Amy Davidoff, PhD
Office Location
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06510
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, Connecticut 06510

Curriculum Vitae