This blog will focus on actuarial and economic topics — primarily health insurance, Medicare, public health policy, Social Security, and energy and environmental economics. My goal is to make these topics accessible (and perhaps interesting) to the intelligent layperson.
I am a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries, and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. I work in the health insurance industry as an actuary, with primary work responsibilities in financial reporting and forecasting, healthcare reform modeling, capital adequacy analysis, and healthcare trend analysis. Other project areas include legislative policy analysis, senior product pricing, disease management, provider profiling, small and large group rating, and self-insured employer consulting. I have a MS in public economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I passed all of my PhD qualifying exams in public economics, but did not complete my dissertation. My educational background therefore forms an unusual bridge between actuarial and economic sciences.
This breadth of responsibilities keeps me almost as busy at work as my two young sons keep me at home. Blogging is, therefore, sporadic.
All opinions expressed on this blog are mine alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of my employer or any other organization with which I am associated. No statement on this blog should be relied upon for any financial reporting purpose, nor should any statement be read as an official actuarial opinion.