Potential Pitfalls and Improvements to ACA’s Risk Adjustment Webinar

Date(s) - 01/10/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

DeFriese Conference Room (Room 150) - Sheps Center

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AcademyHealth Three-Part Webinar Series

With the future of the ACA uncertain, this webinar series seeks to examine various policies, regulations, and potential outcomes related to ACA implementation and how they could be amended to improve market stability and costs and outcomes for low-income populations. The series is funded as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Policy-Relevant Insurance Studies” (PRIS) program, which supports studies that address the macro and micro effects of policies related to health insurance.


Part 1: Potential Pitfalls and Improvements to ACA’s Risk Adjustment

This webinar will explore the question, “How well does the ACA’s risk adjustment mechanism achieve its goal of compensating plans who attract costlier enrollees and eliminating the incentive to compete on selection?” Webinar speakers will address the benefits and weaknesses of risk adjustment in the individual marketplace and also discuss how this mechanism might be improved to address any shortcomings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how the ACA’s risk adjustment mechanism functions in practice.
  • Learn about potential policy changes and alternatives to the risk adjustment mechanism under the new administration.


Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Location: DeFriese Conference Room

Speakers: A. Bowen Garrett, PhD, Economist and Senior Fellow – Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute; Katherine Swartz, PhD, MS, Professor of Health Policy and Economics – Harvard University