Christine Buttorff

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Policy Researcher
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Ph.D. in health economics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; B.S. in political science, Santa Clara University; B.A. in Italian studies, Santa Clara University

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Christine Buttorff (she/her) is a policy researcher with the RAND Corporation. Her primary research interests are in health insurance benefit design and prescription drug policy.

Buttorff has worked on projects assessing specialty drug coverage, opioids in workers’ compensation, Medicare payment innovations, value-based insurance design in Medicare Advantage and insurance benefit design in the new Marketplaces. Additionally, she is working on an evaluation of how cannabis legalization in Colorado affected prescription opioid use and providing technical assistance to CMS for the new Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System. She uses both qualitative and quantitative methods for the evaluation of policy interventions.

Prior to completing her dissertation, Buttorff was a reporter for a member station of National Public Radio in Nashville, where she covered government and politics, as well as health care policy at the state and local levels. She was also a dancer with Nashville Ballet during this time. She received her Ph.D. in health economics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management and her B.S. in political science and B.A. in Italian studies from Santa Clara University.