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Sara Karon

Senior Health Policy Researcher, Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care Program, RTI International


Sarita (Sara) Karon, Ph.D., is a senior health policy researcher in RTI International’s Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care Program. She has more than 25 years of professional experience in the study of issues related to long-term services and supports (LTSS) for elderly and working-age adults with disabilities and chronic illness. Her work covers access to, expenditures for, and quality of LTSS services for people with disabilities provided in both institutional and community-based settings. Dr. Karon’s work draws upon many sources of data, including Medicaid and Medicare claims data and data from assorted surveys, to understand the needs and experiences of people with disabilities and chronic health care needs. She has previously led projects related to PACE costs and opportunities for PACE expansion, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).