Kandice A. Kapinos

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Ph.D. in labor economics/human resources, University of Illinois; M.S. in labor economics/human resources, University of Illinois; B.S. in business administration, University of Texas

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Kandice Kapinos is an economist at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on health economics, health services research, and the economics of prevention, particularly for vulnerable populations. She has conducted several health policy evaluation studies, including an HRSA-funded evaluation of the ACA mandate for health insurance plans to cover lactation support services and equipment, an evaluation of the blood industry, an evaluation of Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and several studies regarding policy effects of state and federal mandates related to colon cancer screening. She led a recent ASPE-sponsored technical expert panel focused on identifying ways to better define healthcare markets in light of an evolving policy landscape and was a co-investigator on an ASPE project aimed at better understanding spillover effects of ACOs broadly. She has also conducted several obesity studies, examining peer and environmental effects in adolescent weight gain. Kapinos has extensive experience with both large survey and administrative datasets and has advanced applied econometric and survey methodological skills. Previously, she directed and oversaw the U.S. Census Research Data Center (RDC) network, worked on Medicare payment reform evaluations at Abt Associates, and worked on the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, a VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center of Excellence. Kapinos received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Selected Publications

Kapinos, K.A., Bullinger, L, and Gurley-Calvez, T., "Lactation Support Services and Breastfeeding Initiation: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act," Health Services Research (forthcoming)

Hamman, M.K. and Kapinos, K.A., "Colorectal Cancer Screening and State Health Insurance Mandates," Health Economics, 25(2):178-191, 2016

Hamman, M.K. and Kapinos, K.A., "Affordable Care Act Provision Lowered Out-Of-Pocket Cost And Increased Colonoscopy Rates Among Men In Medicare," Health Affairs, 34(12):2069-2076, 2015

Hamman, M.K., and Kapinos, K.A., "Does Mandated Coverage of Preventive Care Reduce Disparities? Evidence from Colorectal Cancer Screening," American Journal of Public Health, 105(S3):S508-S516, 2015

Yakusheva, O., Kapinos, K.A., and Eisenberg, D., "Estimating Heterogeneous and Hierarchical Peer Effects on Body Weight Using Roommate Assignments as a Natural Experiment," Journal of Human Resources, 49(1):234-261, 2014

Kapinos, K.A., Yakusheva, O., and Eisenberg, D, "Obesogenic Influences on Young Adults: Evidence from Randomized Dormitory Assignments," Economics & Human Biology, 12(1):98-109, 2014

Kapinos, K. A. and Yakusheva, O, "Environmental Influences on Adolescent Weight Gain: Evidence from a Natural Experiment," Journal of Adolescent Health, 48(1):52-58, 2011

Yakusheva, O., Kapinos, K.A., and Weiss, M, "Peer Effects and the Freshman 15: Evidence from a Natural Experiment," Economics & Human Biology, 9(2):119-132, 2011