Ed Neuschler, Senior Program Officer at the Institute for Health Policy Solutions (IHPS), has over 35 years of experience in health care policy at the national level, largely related to health insurance issues. IHPS is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization with the overarching goal of helping to achieve coverage by and for all Americans. Since its inception in spring 1992, IHPS has analyzed and provided expert assistance towards policies and constructs to bring uninsured workers and families into coverage. It has recently provided technical assistance and analysis for design of federal health reform, and is currently providing expert assistance towards effective implementation design. Highlights of recent work include:
• Technical assistance to key California health policy officials regarding design of workable health insurance Exchange and market constructs towards effective implementation of overall frameworks enacted in federal health reform. (Funded by the California HealthCare Foundation, 2010.)
Key roles that Mr. Neuschler plays in IHPS’s technical assistance efforts include analyzing population and employer survey data related to issues being addressed; and preparing issue briefs, formal analyses and cost estimates. He often works intensively with consultants or subcontractors who conduct econometric and micro-simulation modeling to estimate coverage impacts and costs by payer under alternative proposed approaches. In this work, his key roles are to translate proposed policy designs into clear, detailed specifications for modelers; clarify ambiguities uncovered through this process; review resulting cost and coverage estimates for reasonableness; and translate output from estimation models into formats usable by policymakers. He also prepares background materials and presentations for conferences, roundtable discussions and expert forums; and writes reports summarizing insights from such meetings.
• Expert advice and assistance to the Oregon Health Authority in developing the plan for the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange pursuant to state and federal reform legislation. (2010)
• Analysis of health reform issues affecting low- and modest-income workers and unemployed workers for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration. (2009, 2010, under subcontract through the Actuarial Research Corp.)
• Technical assistance and analysis for California officials regarding state-based reform proposal development (2004-2008) including sliding-scale subsidy, individual and employer responsibility, health insurance Exchange, and market reforms. Coordinated a multi-disciplinary team of experts. Funded by grants from the California HealthCare Foundation.
In his previous position as Senior Director for Policy and Research at the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM), Mr. Neuschler was responsible for public policy research, analysis and educational activities regarding private health insurance benefit and care management issues. Prior to NIHCM, he was Vice President for Policy Development and Research at the Health Insurance Association of America, where he and his staff provided analytical, research and statistical support, focusing on issues related to private insurance market reform and coverage expansions for uninsured workers. Mr. Neuschler began his analytic career with the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration, where he focused on Medicaid and related issues regarding coverage of low-income populations and served for several years as Director of Medicaid and Long-Term Care Policy in HCFA's Office of Legislation and Policy. Subsequently, he served as Senior Fellow in Health Policy Studies with the National Governors' Association, where in addition to analytic functions related to health insurance coverage and cost issues, he convened conferences and directed technical assistance on managed care purchasing issues. Mr. Neuschler holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.