Monica Simmonds

Monica Solomon supports clients with public health and policy analytics that span healthcare sectors and stakeholders.

With a background in analytics, she contributes to the development of policy impact analyses and meaningful actionable insights.

Prior to joining Avalere, Monica was a manager at CareSource health plan. She conducted claims-based modeling and provided data-driven insights for a variety of healthcare topics related to clinical and benefit trends as well as cost-reduction strategies. She also worked for a large non-profit organization where she oversaw the implementation of a culturally competent community-based disease educational program in 2 large markets impacting over 60,000 individuals. She led program operational, monitoring, evaluation, and analysis efforts of the grant-funded program.

Monica has an MSPH from the University of South Florida and a BS in Health Education with a specialization in community health from University of Florida.

Authored Content

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for all Americans, particularly for its most vulnerable populations, including the elderly and people with disabilities in Medicare. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently reported that 21% of fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare enrollees have stated they are forgoing non-COVID-19 related care due to the pandemic. Avalere conducted analyses to determine if a similar decrease in utilization is occurring in Medicare Advantage (MA) and assess the potential impact of deferred care on MA enrollees and plans.

New Avalere analysis finds higher premiums for the enhanced standalone drug plans participating in the model.