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Director of Health Insurance Studies, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Shana Alex Lavarreda is a research scientist at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. As the Center's Director of Health Insurance Studies, she works with numerous projects, including the State of Health Insurance in California (SHIC) project, the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP) and the Evaluation of 12-Month Continuous Eligibility in Medi-Cal project. The SHIC project acts as a national resource for health insurance information, creating and disseminating reports, fact sheets, policy briefs and on-demand data estimates. Lavarreda is also an expert on health insurance data from the biennial California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), providing comprehensive estimates on health insurance in the state.
Lavarreda's research focuses on discontinuous health insurance, particularly among low-income children, and its impact on access to care. She also specializes in political issues surrounding health care reform at both the state and the national levels. Lavarreda received her master's degree in public policy from the UCLA School of Public Affairs and her PhD in health services from the UCLA School of Public Health.