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Only Too Human: Understanding Health Insurance Markets When Consumers Lack Information, Jonathan T. Kolstad Sep 2014

Only Too Human: Understanding Health Insurance Markets When Consumers Lack Information, Jonathan T. Kolstad

Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative

When the state and federal health insurance exchanges were introduced in 2013, much attention was paid to the logistics of their launch. Nearly a year later, policymakers should now be looking at a different question: how can we collect and use data from the exchanges to understand how consumers think about insurance choice, so as to make the exchanges function better?


Optimizing Outcomes On The Health Insurance Exchanges, Tom Baker, Jonathan T. Kolstad, Amanda Starc, Kevin G. Volpp Nov 2013

Optimizing Outcomes On The Health Insurance Exchanges, Tom Baker, Jonathan T. Kolstad, Amanda Starc, Kevin G. Volpp

Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative

The success of the new health insurance exchanges will depend greatly on the quality of the enrollment decisions that consumers make. Choosing the wrong insurance product can translate into billions of dollars in wasteful spending at the national level. Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania have contributed to several studies outlining important ways that the exchanges can be made to work better for consumers—and for the larger economy.