Five Benefits Administrator Priorities for Open Enrollment

  • September 21, 2018
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This column originally appeared on HR Dive. Autumn is upon us. The air is cooler. The leaves are changing colors. Pumpkin versions of all of your favorite foods are in supermarkets. And for thousands of benefits administrators, it’s open enrollment season — the annual workplace ritual in which millions of employees select their 2018 health […]

Rethinking the Employer/Payer Relationship

  • August 27, 2018
  • Blog

This column originally appeared on HR Dive. In his New York Times column on the roots of employer-based health insurance in the United States (a quick, essential read), researcher and pediatrician Aaron E. Carroll notes how competition for workers during WWII was the impetus for the modern-day employer-based system. Fearing a wage battle in a very tight […]

Morning Consult: Five Opportunities for Bipartisanship in Health Care Policy

  • August 6, 2018
  • Blog

This op-ed for Morning Consult is part of an ongoing collaboration with George Kalogeropoulos, CEO of HealthSherpa, on strategic health care topics, especially those pertaining to the individual, ACA-subsidized health insurance market and part-time workforces. Nearly a decade since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the heated vitriol surrounding health care policy issues has only […]

Top Three Takeaways from Atul Gawande’s Views on his Role as CEO of the ABC Venture

  • June 27, 2018
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This article was originally published with co-author George Kalogeropoulos, CEO of HealthSherpa, on LinkedIn. If there was any doubt that the partnership between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase (ABC) on health care would be serious about both system reform and putting the individual at the center of employer-based health care, it was largely dispelled […]

RealClear Health: Health Care Transparency Deserves a Serious Bipartisan Effort

  • June 21, 2018
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This op-ed for RealClear Health is part of an ongoing collaboration with George Kalogeropoulos, CEO of HealthSherpa, on strategic health care topics, especially those pertaining to the individual, ACA-subsidized health insurance market and part-time workforces. Members of Congress are signaling rare bipartisanship in their support for crucial updates to health savings accounts (HSAs) — a key casualty of […]

The Hill: Let’s turn bad news on health coverage into a path toward change

This op-ed for The Hill is part of an ongoing collaboration with George Kalogeropoulos, CEO of HealthSherpa, on strategic health care topics, especially those pertaining to the individual, ACA-subsidized health insurance market and part-time workforces. Quoting British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, Mark Twain famously said “there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” […]

The Case for ‘Private Exchange 2.0’

This article was originally published with co-author George Kalogeropoulos, CEO of HealthSherpa, on LinkedIn. You’ll be hard-pressed to find somebody with ties to employer-based benefits who doesn’t have a visceral reaction to the term “private exchange.” Sadly, this reaction was largely earned over almost a decade of huge expectations but sometimes under-delivered or ahead-of-their-time options […]

State of ACA Coverage: Opportunities and Challenges for Individual Market Open Enrollment 2019

This article was originally published with co-author George Kalogeropoulos, CEO of HealthSherpa, on LinkedIn. Several weeks ago, we shared our views with The Hill regarding challenges and opportunities facing the individual market in 2019 and beyond. In this edition of HealthSherpa Research, we expand upon those views with additional context and practical solutions for the coming OE […]

Are Strong Payer Earnings Evidence of a Calming Individual Market?

This article was originally published with co-author George Kalogeropoulos, CEO of HealthSherpa, on LinkedIn. With apologies to Mark Twain for paraphrasing perhaps the most paraphrased phrase in history, the rumors of the ACA Marketplace’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Certainly there is still much to be concerned about. We wrote about those concerns for The Hill and have also […]

Understanding CMS’s Final Rules for ACA Marketplaces in 2019

  • April 24, 2018
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This article was originally published with co-author George Kalogeropoulos, CEO of HealthSherpa, on LinkedIn. “In this final rule, we…focus on enhancing the role of States in these programs and providing States with additional flexibilities, reducing unnecessary regulatory burden on stakeholders, empowering consumers, and improving affordability.” That statement, in a nutshell, is what is reflected throughout […]