About Us

About The Institute

In the ongoing debate about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the price of health care in the United States, there is a need for greater understanding of the practical implications of these changes from the employer perspective and how employers should best respond to the challenge of providing affordable care to employees, their dependents, and retirees. This is especially true as 170 million Americans currently receive their health care from their employers and those of other stakeholders.

Over the next 10 years, legal and regulatory changes may lead employers to engage in a major transformation of how they choose to provide health benefits. With this in mind, the American Health Policy Institute:

  • Looks at the challenges employers face in providing health care to their employees;
  • Provides explanations as to how they are responding to those challenges;
  • Studies and publicizes current best practices and innovations coming on line that will help large employers bring medical inflation in line with inflation generally; and
  • Recommends policy solutions to promote the availability of truly affordable, high-quality, employer-based health care.

To accomplish these objectives, the American Health Policy Institute provides thought leadership, develops impactful strategies that will bring the key constituencies together to work towards common objectives, has established a strong voice and presence in the development of health care policies and practices, and strives to ensure that those purchasing health care not only are able to see how to bend the cost curve, but to actually break it.

The Institute's Chair is Marc C. Reed, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Verizon Communications Inc. Michele Carlin, former Chief Human Resources Officer at Motorola, is its CEO. Robert E. Andrews is its President. The Institute is guided by a Board of Governors consisting of 60 Chief Human Resources Officers from America's largest employers.

The Institute's studies examine a host of key health care issues, including transparency, employer responses to the Affordable Care Act, and the impact of possible changes in the tax code on employment-based care. The continual increase in health care costs over the past two decades coupled with enactment of the Affordable Care Act has put significant pressure on employers to not only figure out the best ways to keep abreast with the waves of change sweeping over that system, but also to search intensively for the next generation of health care delivery systems.