Chrissy Eibner Selected to Direct COMPARE

Chrissy Eibner has been named director of the COMPARE effort moving forward, guiding the team's efforts to address the complex issues associated with implementing health care reform. Chrissy is an economist and has been involved in the COMPARE project since 2005. COMPARE is housed within the Health Economics, Finance and Organization program in RAND Health.

Chrissy's work related to health care reform includes a comprehensive study of cost containment options for the state of Massachusetts, an analysis of early health reform proposals offered by Senator Max Baucus, and an assessment of the likely effects of the Affordable Care Act on employer health insurance provisions. Currently, she is co-leading a study for the Department of Labor that investigates whether employers will be induced to self-insure in response to the new health care law, and the potential consequences for consumers in terms of scope of benefits and premium prices. Other highlights from Chrissy's career include her contributions to the 2008 Invisible Wounds of War study, several studies related to trends in employer-sponsored health insurance, and a body of work related to the effect of social inequality on health outcomes.

In recognition of her work, Chrissy received a RAND Gold Medal award in 2009, and a President's Award in 2011.

Chrissy earned her bachelor's degree in English and economics from the College of William and Mary, and her master's and doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to joining RAND in 2003, she spent 2 years as a post-doc at Princeton University.