While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded access to health insurance for low-income Americans and has reduced the delivery of uncompensated care by providers, changes introduced through this legislation have been controversial. Support for the ACA continues to be divided and the future direction of U.S. health policy remains uncertain given recent events. In this webinar, Jean Abraham, PhD, MHA Program Director, will summarize current knowledge on the ACA’s impact and highlight key concerns facing policymakers as they debate whether or not to “repeal and replace” the ACA.
Jean Abraham received her Ph.D. in public policy analysis and management from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Abraham’s research areas include health economics and policy. She is particularly interested in employer and employee decision-making with respect to health insurance, employer wellness program evaluation, and competition in provider and insurance markets. For the 2008-2009 academic year, she served as the senior economist on health issues with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in Washington, D.C
Ann Carlson manages the Medicare product portfolio at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Prior to her current role, she served as a Government Programs consultant during the Blue Cross system platform transition. On behalf of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, Ann managed the relationship with AARP for AARP-brand Medicare Part D plans. Later, she served as director, Strategic Alliances & Business Development, where she led development and implementation of innovative services for Medicare plans members. Ann received a Master in Health Care Administration degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota in 2010.