Teletraining: Got a question about health insurance?

Posted By Crystal Beasley

stethoscopeHealth care enrollment for 2016 is closing fast. Sara Collins of The Commonwealth Fund and Daniel Chang of The Miami Herald share information and experience about such topics as cost sharing, narrow networks, high deductibles and balance billing.

Listen to the call.

Resources referenced during the call:

Consumers Union – Surprise Medical Bills

AIER – Beware Surprise Medical Bills

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Balance Billing

National Health Spending In 2014: Faster Growth Driven By Coverage Expansion And Prescription Drug Spending, Health Affairs

How Stable are the ACA Marketplaces?

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Summary Report on Transitional Reinsurance Payments and Permanent Risk Adjustment Transfers for the 2014 Benefit Year

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service – Risk Corridors Payment and Charge Amounts for Benefit Year 2014


Sara R. Collins
Vice President, Health Care Coverage and Access
The Commonwealth Fund

Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., is vice president for Health Care Coverage and Access program at The Commonwealth Fund. An economist, Dr. Collins joined the Fund in 2002 and has led the Fund’s national program on health insurance since 2005. Since joining the Fund, Dr. Collins has led several national surveys on health insurance and authored numerous reports, issue briefs and journal articles on health insurance coverage and policy. She has provided invited testimony before several Congressional committees and subcommittees. Prior to joining the Fund, Dr. Collins was associate director/senior research associate at the New York Academy of Medicine, Division of Health and Science Policy. Earlier in her career, she was an associate editor at U.S. News & World Report, a senior economist at Health Economics Research, and a senior health policy analyst in the New York City Office of the Public Advocate. She holds an A.B. in economics from Washington University and a Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University.

Daniel Chang 42 sig.JPGDaniel Chang
Staff Writer
The Miami Herald

Daniel Chang reports on health care policy and business for The Miami Herald. Previously, he was a reporter for The Orange County Register in Southern California. In 2000, he joined The Herald and in 2013 began covering health care. A Miami native, he is a graduate of Florida International University.


Marty Steffens
University of Missouri

As the Society of American Business Editors and Writers endowed chair, Martha Steffens teaches business and financial journalism, as well as organizing seminars for business journalism professionals. Steffens has taught more than 450 professional in business workshops sponsored the Southern Newspaper Publishers Assn. and SABEW. She assumed the chair in 2002, after a 30-year career in newspapers, including executive editor of the San Francisco Examiner, and earlier the Press & Sun Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y.

This teletraining is sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund. The Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.

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