A roundup of the latest blog posts, newest data, recent data updates, relevant customer stories, and upcoming events on PolicyMap.
June 2019 Newsletter
Breaking Down Barriers to Healthy Living with Medical Spending Estimates
One of the major obstacles for people with chronic health conditions to leading longer, healthier lives is the rising expense of prescription medications. Even for those with insurance coverage, out of pocket prescription costs can be prohibitively high.
Data on these costs can help public health officials, planners, providers, and advocates craft programs to help residents obtain the medicine they need through two main avenues—helping people meet their out-of-pocket costs and curbing rising prices.
PolicyMap has developed new Medical Spending Estimates data that allow users to see which neighborhoods are likely burdened the most by medical expenses.
Improved Home Sale Data: Because Not Everyone Lives in a Single-Family Home
Traditionally, home sale data focuses only on single-family homes, and doesn’t take other housing types, like condos, into account. This isn’t useful in dense cities like New York, so we developed new housing data that includes a variety of housing types.
Medical Spending Estimates, a new dataset, developed by PolicyMap and Quantitative Innovations, is now available on PolicyMap. You can read more about this premium subscriber dataset on our Data Directory or in the blog post mentioned above.
PolicyMap’s home sale data now includes several new housing categories: single family alone, two to four unit multifamily, and condominiums and cooperative housing. More information about the dataset, which is updated to include data for the second quarter in 2018, can be found in our recent blog post.
PolicyMap has created a new Curriculum Resources page where professors can find tools for introducing PolicyMap to their students.