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June 2006 Symposium

The Changing Health Insurance Market:
Implications for Public Policy and State Government Purchasers

A one-day symposium convened on
Tuesday, June 13, 2006

A webcast of this event is provided by, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, at Transcripts are also available.

Escalating health insurance premiums, a decline in employer-sponsored insurance, and a growing emphasis on consumer direction have dramatically altered the health insurance landscape. On June 13, 2006, the Center for Health Program Development and Management at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, sponsored a symposium to examine the implications of these developments for public policy. The symposium explored the evolving role of states in covering the uninsured in the face of widespread substitution of public insurance for employer-sponsored insurance. Participants examined what it means to be "insured" in the face of regulatory changes that are likely to alter both the definition of health insurance and the health insurance market. The influence of consumer-directed health insurance products on consumer behavior was explored, as well as how states are experimenting with Medicaid consumer-directed purchasing.

Symposium Brochure

Speaker Biographies

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Keynote Session: The Changing Landscape of Health Insurance in the United States


Paul Ginsburg



Amy Davidoff
Session 2: Public Sector Responses to a Changing Private Health Insurance Market:
A New Role for State Government Purchasers


Alice Burton

  Todd Eberly Presentation
  Rick Curtis Presentation


Ann Volpel
Luncheon Presentation: Evidence-Based Decision Making for Health Care Purchasers


Ruben King-Shaw, Jr.

Session 3: What Does It Mean to Be "Insured"?


Paul Fronstin

  Jerrold Glass Presentation
  Steven Larsen Presentation


David Colby

Session 4: Consumer-Directed Health Care: The Changing Role of the Individual


Cynthia Feiden-Warsh

  Judith Hibbard Presentation
  John Folkemer Presentation


Michael Nolin
Session 5: Lessons from the Day


Christopher Perrone