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Experienced Health Economist

Health positions– prescription drugs and Medicare

Congressional Budget Office

Req# 19-47

Job Title: Experienced Health Economist

HRLD’s recently completed work includes multiple analyses of how changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would affect insurance coverage and federal health care spending, an analysis of prices for and spending on specialty drugs, an analysis of the key design components and considerations for establishing a single-payer health care system, and long-term projections of spending in federal health care programs. Ongoing work includes studies on a broad range of topics, such as prescription drugs, single-payer systems, the Medicare Advantage program, preventive health services, populations enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid, and factors affecting the prices of medical care. The successful candidate will contribute to developing new studies of policy issues regarding prescription drugs and to designing and improving the state-of-the-art analytical models that underlie them. Analysts are also encouraged to turn projects and independent research into CBO working papers and outside publications.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in economics or a related discipline and at least three years of postdoctoral experience. They should have prior experience analyzing Medicare Part D or other prescription drug programs, strong quantitative skills, experience using large data files, and an in-depth knowledge of at least one programming language. Substantial knowledge of the institutional details of the prescription drug market is highly desirable. Applicants also should be able to initiate and complete research projects, both independently and with a team; be able to clearly present their work orally and in writing to nontechnical audiences; and want to work on issues of current or potential legislative interest to the Congress.

Req# 19-44

Job Title: Chief –Health Systems and Medicare Cost Estimates Unit

That group communicates regularly with and provides assistance to Congressional committees; prepares policy studies and multiyear budget projections; and produces cost estimates for legislation affecting Medicare, the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, and programs of the Public Health Service.

Among the unit chief’s responsibilities are the following:

Organize, supervise, and evaluate the group’s work to ensure high-quality, nonpartisan analyses and estimates, often within tight deadlines;

Coordinate preliminary analyses for proposals;

Review and edit CBO cost estimates of legislation;

Coordinate the preparation of CBO’s 10-year baseline spending projections and its analyses of the President’s budgetary proposals for the relevant program areas; and

Help develop and review CBO’s studies of health-related policy issues, including cost analyses for a variety of health studies and budget options.


CBO is looking for a leader with superior analytical skills who can manage and motivate a highly skilled staff, help them develop professionally, and encourage collaboration that crosses organizational lines. The position requires an ability to convey complex material clearly and concisely and to communicate effectively with Congressional staff. Candidates must be able to manage a variety of work products in a complex and constantly evolving legislative environment. Experience with the federal budget and knowledge of Congressional budget and legislative processes are strongly preferred, as is a familiarity with the financing of Medicare, other health care systems, or prescription drug coverage in the United States. Candidates must have an advanced degree in public policy, public administration, economics, mathematics, or a related field.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter, résumé, a brief writing sample, salary history, and contact information for three references at

Annita Gulati Cox or Kate Green, Washington, DC, 202-226-2628,

​CBO is an equal opportunity employer. M/F/V/D