My work focuses largely on monitoring and evaluating the effects of the implementation of health care reform, nationally and at the state level. I am acutely interested in identifying the policy decisions and other factors that affect the ability of the reforms to meet their goals. Changes to private health insurance and insurance markets, along with their interactions with public programs, are my primary focus.
Linda Blumberg is an Institute fellow in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She is an expert on private health insurance, health care financing, and health system reform. Her recent work includes projects related to analyses of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), proposals to modify it, efforts to repeal and replace it, and the provision of technical assistance to states in their reform efforts. Examples include an analysis of health reform options ranging from incremental to single payer, analyses of public option and capped provider payment rate proposals, state-by-state analyses of House and Senate repeal and replace bills, the delineation of strategies to fix problems associated with the ACA, analyses of the implications of the King v. Burwell and House v. Burwell Supreme Court cases, studies of competition in nongroup insurance Marketplaces, and a large, multiyear analytic effort monitoring and evaluating the effects of the ACA.
Blumberg has testified frequently before Congress and is quoted in major media outlets on health reform topics. She previously served on the Cancer Policy Institute’s advisory board and on the Health Affairs editorial board. She has also done work for the Health Savers Initiative of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. She served as a member of the Biden transition team, and from 1993 through 1994, she was a health policy adviser to the Clinton administration during its health care reform effort. She was a 1996 Ian Axford fellow in public policy.
Blumberg received her PhD in economics from the University of Michigan.
Blumberg is a research professor at Georgetown University.
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