Christine Eibner

Christine Eibner
Paul O'Neill Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis; Director, Payment, Cost, and Coverage Program; Director, RAND Compare; Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


Ph.D. in economics, University of Maryland, College Park

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Christine Eibner is the Paul O'Neill Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis; director, Payment, Cost, and Coverage Program; and a senior economist at the RAND Corporation.

Her research focuses on health insurance reforms, including modifications to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), changes to health insurance benefit design, and ACA replacement proposals. She currently leads an analysis of the effects of COVID-19 on insurance coverage in New York State, and policy options to address coverage loss. Additionally, she leads the evaluation of CMS's Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model Test, and oversees a large technical assistance contract for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her work on health insurance reform includes topics such as 1332 waivers, cost containment strategies, and state single payer plans. In 2016, she was awarded the AcademyHealth HSR (Health Services Research) Impact Award for her work on the impact of modifications to the Affordable Care Act.

Eibner earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and her bachelor's degree in English and economics from the College of William and Mary.

Recent Projects

  • Socioeconomic disparities in health
  • Employer-sponsored insurance
  • Military medical policy
  • Modeling the effect of health care policy changes on costs, insurance coverage, and other outcomes
  • Analysis of health care reform options

Selected Publications

Miller, Amalia R., Christine Eibner, Carole Roan Gresenz, "Financing of Employer Sponsored Health Insurance Plans Before and After Health Reform: What Consumers Don’t Know Won’t Hurt Them?" International Review of Law and Economics, 36, 2013

Price, Carter C. and Christine Eibner, "For States that Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion: 3.6 Million Fewer Insured and $8.4 Billion Less in Federal Payments," Health Affairs, 32(6), 2013

Cordova, Amado, Christine Eibner, Raffaele Vardavas, James Broyles, Federico Girosi, "Modeling Employer Self-Insurance Decisions After the Affordable Care Act," Health Services Research, 48(2p2), 2013

Cordova, Amado, Frederico Girosi, Sarah Nowak, Christine Eibner, Kenneth Finegold, "The COMPARE Microsimulation Model and the U.S. Affordable Care Act," International Journal of Microsimulation, 6(3), 2013

Eibner, Christine, Dana P. Goldman, Jeffrey Sullivan, Alan M. Garber, "Three Large-Scale Changes to the Medicare Program Could Curb Its Costs but also Reduce Enrollment," Health Affairs, 32(5), 2013

Benjamin F. Mundell, Mark W. Friedberg, Christine Eibner and William C. Mundell, "US Military Primary Care: Problems, Solutions, And Implications For Civilian Medicine," Health Affairs, 32(11), 2013

Griffin, Beth Ann, Christine Eibner, Chloe E. Bird, Adria Jewell, Karen Margolis, Regina Shih, Mary Ellen Slaughter, Eric A. Whitsel, Matthew Allison, Jose J. Escarce, "The Relationship between Coronary Heart Disease and Urban Sprawl in Women," Health & Place, 20, 2013

Saltzman, Evan, Christine Eibner, Evaluating the "Keep Your Health Plan Fix": Implications for the Affordable Care Act Compared to Legislative Alternatives, RAND Corporation (RR-529), 2014

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: CNBC; KJZZ-FM Online; PolitiFact; Tradeoffs