Jean Abraham, PhD

Professor and Wegmiller Professor of Healthcare Administration, Division of Health Policy and Management

Jean Abraham

Contact Info

abrah042@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-625-4375

Office Address:
Phillips Wangensteen Building, 15-227

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St. SE
MMC 729
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor and Wegmiller Professor of Healthcare Administration, Division of Health Policy and Management


PhD, Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001

BA, Economics and Political Science, University of Arizona, 1995

Summary

My research focuses on health economics and policy. I am particularly interested in employer and employee decision-making with respect to health insurance, employer wellness program evaluation, evaluation of the Affordable Care Act, and competition in provider and insurance markets. 

Expertise

Health economics, health policy, employer-based health insurance, employer wellness programs, insurance market competition, evaluation of the Affordable Care Act

Awards & Recognition

  • Weckwerth Professor in Healthcare Administration Leadership, 2014
  • IHIS Research Paper Award for Best Paper, 2012
  • Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 2011
  • Delta Omega, Honorary Society in Public Health, 2010

Professional Associations

  • American Society of Health Economists
  • International Health Economics Association
  • AcademyHealth
  • Association of University Programs in Health Administration

Research

Research Funding Grants

  • 2016–2017, Russell Sage Foundation, "Employer Sponsored Insurance under the Affordable Care Act," Principal Investigator
  • 2014–2019, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "University of Minnesota Collaborating Center of the Workplace Health Research Network (SIP-031)," Co-Principal Investigator
  • 2015–2020, NIH, "Integrated Health Interview Series Competing Continuation," Co-Investigator
  • 2014–2019, NIH NHLBI, "Testing a Community Intervention to Increase Aspirin Use," Co-Investigator

Publications

Selected Publications

  • Abraham, J., A. Royalty, C. Drake. “Employer-Sponsored Insurance Offers: Largely Stable in 2014 Following ACA Implementation.” 2016, Health Affairs, 35(11): 2133-2137.
  • Abraham, J., R. Feldman, P. Graven. “Employers’ Changing Economic Incentives to Offer Health Insurance under the Affordable Care Act.” 2016, American Journal of Health Economics, 2(3): 273-299.
  • Karaca-Mandic, P., Abraham, and K. Simon. “Is the Medical Loss Ratio a Good Target Measure for Regulation in the Individual Market for Health Insurance?” 2015, Health Economics, 24(1): 55-74.
  • McCullough, J., Abraham, J. Christianson, D. Crespin, M. Finch. “Public Reporting and the Evolution of Clinical Quality.” 2015, International Journal of Health Economics and Management, 15(1): 127-138.
  • Abraham, J., Crespin, J. McCullough, J. Christianson. “What is the Cost of Quality for Diabetes Care?” 2014, Medical Care Research and Review, 71(6): 580-598.

Teaching

Teaching Areas

I serve as the director of the Master of Healthcare Administration Program.

Community Engagement

Professional Experience Includes

  • Senior Economist, Council of Economic Advisers, Executive Office of the President, Washington, D.C., 2008-2009
  • Member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, International Health Economics Association, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and Academy Health

Media

Video

U of MN Health Sciences Expert Link

Health Experts Profile

In The News

SPH News

In the Media

  • The pre-existing conditions debate (KARE-TV)
  • At year's end, patients surge into hospitals and clinics for free care. (MPR)
  • Repeal of Obamacare worries healthcare experts and U students. (MN Daily)
  • Open enrollment triggers sticker shock for some Minnesotans. (MPR)
  • Skimpier employer coverage may accelerate under Trump administration. (Modern Healthcare)
  • Paying medicaid enrollees to quit smoking, lose weight: Will it pay off? (MedPage Today)