What’s Ahead for the Individual Health Insurance Market?

In 2016, the individual health insurance market provided coverage for 17 million Americans who do not get coverage at work or through public programs. Congress spent much of 2017 debating changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would have significantly altered federal policy toward the individual market, and ultimately repealed the ACA’s individual mandate as part of the tax bill that passed in December. At the same time, the Trump administration has announced or implemented administrative actions affecting the market, including an end to cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers and regulatory changes that would clear the way for insurers to offer individuals “short-term” and “association” health plans that would be exempt from some or all of the ACA’s regulatory requirements.

On Tuesday, March 6, the Brookings Institution’s Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy and the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy will co-host an event examining where the individual market is today and where it is heading. The event will open with a brief presentation summarizing recent market trends. That will be followed by a panel discussion on where the market stands today, as well as how insurers’, consumers’, and state regulators’ reactions to pending federal policy changes will shape the market’s evolution in the years to come.

This event will be live webcast. Join the conversation on Twitter at #FutureOfACA.

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Event Date
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern
Location
The Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Avenue
N.W. Washington, DC 20036

Panel

Introduction

  • David Wessel, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, and Director, Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, The Brookings Institution

Presentation

  • Matthew Fiedler, Fellow, USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy

Panelists

  • James C. Capretta, Fellow and Milton Friedman Chair, Health Care Policy, American Enterprise Institute
  • Sabrina Corlette, Research Professor, Center on Health Insurance Reforms, Georgetown University
  • Pat Geraghty, CEO, Florida Blue
  • Kevin Patterson, CEO, Connect for Health Colorado
  • Moderator: Louise Sheiner, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, and Policy Director, Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, The Brookings Institution