AFFORD (Asthma in Families Facing Out-of-Pocket Requirements with Deductibles) Study

Now recruiting: participants for a new AFFORD study

AAFA partnered with the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute to conduct a new study for people with asthma who lost health insurance coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic.


We are looking for people who:

  • have lost health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • have asthma and/or have a child with asthma.

What is involved in this study?

This study looks at the effect of an insurance navigation assistance program to help people with asthma regain coverage.

The navigation assistance will include online information and the opportunity to get insurance information from trained navigators from AAFA. 

If you are qualified and chosen to participate in this study, you will receive all study-related interventions at no cost! You will also be reimbursed for your time participating in this study.

Participation in this study is limited to one person per household.



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What is the purpose of this research study?

The goal of this research study is to better understand how different types of health insurance plans affect the experiences of people with asthma and their families, including: their decisions about medical care, their use of medications, their health, and their expenses.

What was involved in this study?

We conducted telephone interviews with people who have asthma or are the parent of a child with asthma. Interviews took about 45 minutes. Participants were asked a series of open-ended questions about their and their family’s experiences with asthma care and insurance. We will use these answers to help us understand the experiences of families with asthma in different types of health plans. We will be releasing reports on our findings.

Who funded this study?

This study is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The study is a project of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School.