Srikanth Kadiyala, PhD, is a senior economist at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. He primarily works on the California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM) microsimulation model, which models the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health insurance coverage in California. Project responsibilities include model checking, model refinement and model consistency with the empirical evidence on ACA effects.
Prior to joining the Center, Kadiyala was an economist at the RAND Corporation, where he was principal investigator (PI) and co-PI on numerous externally (National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) and internally funded projects. He published extensively on topics, such as cancer screening and cancer detection, health insurance effects on health care and health, pandemic effects on employment, and transgender health care costs in the military.
Kadiyala has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and a PhD in health policy with an emphasis in economics from Harvard University.
Two separate studies by UCLA CHPR researchers have been recognized among the top 10 articles in 2021 by the scientific journal Health Affairs:
The Effect Of The Affordable Care Act On Cancer Detection Among The Near-Elderly by Fabian Duarte, Srikanth Kadiyala, Gerald F. Kominski, and Antonia Riveros
Fabian Duarte and coauthors use an interesting “difference in discontinuities” approach to show that the increase in insurance coverage among adults ages 60–64 due to the Affordable Care Act greatly increased rates of cancer detection for this population. Fifty-nine additional incidents of cancer were detected per 100,000 people, and 68 percent of these were early- and middle-stage cancers—and thus more likely treatable.
Trust In Governments And Health Workers Low Globally, Influencing Attitudes Toward Health Information, Vaccines by Corrina Moucheraud, Huiying Guo, and James Macinko
Corrina Moucheraud and coauthors assess people’s trust in governments and health workers, as well as how trust is associated with attitudes toward vaccines. According to survey data that predate the COVID-19 pandemic, about one-quarter of survey respondents from 144 countries say that they trust their government a lot, and fewer than half trust doctors and nurses a lot. Positive vaccine attitudes are much more common among those who express trust in government.