University of Washington School of Public Health
Policy Analyst - Washington Health Benefit Exchange
Closing Date: open until filled
Posted: February 28, 2018
The Policy Analyst will assist in the development and analyses of policy issues for consideration by the Exchange Board, Executive Leadership Team, and Policy Team to expand access to affordable health insurance to Washington residents. The Policy Analyst will analyze and interpret federal and state laws and regulations. The Policy Analyst will use independent judgment and often work in inter-departmental teams to prepare policy options and recommendations critical to advancing quality health coverage and improving Washington Washington Healthplanfinder design.
Based on research, data, discussion with state-based marketplaces and other stakeholders, and knowledge of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Policy Analyst will analyze state and federal health policy issues and respond to policy related questions from internal and external audiences.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develop policies and processes and provide expert guidance to the Policy Team and interdepartmental teams around critical areas of eligibility, data, and consumer experience, including the following areas:
- Eligibility for qualified health plans, advanced premium tax credits (APTC), and Washington Apple Health (Washington’s Medicaid program).
- Exchange data and its use in public reports and to drive policy options.
- Consumer experience, surveys and feedback to help inform improvement strategies.
- Issues related to vulnerable populations using the Exchange.
- American Indian/Alaska Native policy issues.
- Medicaid-related issues and working with the Health Care Authority, the state Medicaid agency.
- 1095-A forms and tax filing issues as it relates to receiving APTC.
- Bill analysis and tracking of Exchange-related bills in the State Legislature and Congress.
- National health policy trends and actions of other state-based exchanges.
- Work closely with the IT and operational teams to portray the policy perspective necessary for effective implementation of decisions by the Board or the Exchange executive management team. Represent a policy perspective in IT system design and assist in designing and specifying system enhancements.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Show strong proficiencies in:
- Drafting policy papers, briefs, and reports on key Exchange policy issues.
- Reviewing, researching, and reporting on a variety of health care policy articles, reports, and other information sources.
- Summarizing specific provisions of the ACA, HHS rules and regulations, and other federal and state guidance related to the ACA.
- Analyzing and communicating effectively to diverse audiences regarding the impact of federal and state guidance on Exchange policy and functions.
- Interpreting and inserting Exchange-based data into relevant policy issues.
- Working independently but possessing strong collaborative skills.
- Providing research on and participating in developing implementation options and recommendations that improve the performance of the Exchange’s marketplace for consumers.
- Bill analysis, legislative research, and tracking bills associated with the Exchange.
- Bachelor’s degree in public health, public administration, health policy, public policy, or related field.
- Three years of experience in health policy, public administration, or public policy. Each year of post-graduate education can be substituted for a year of experience.
- Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills.
- Able to accept responsibility and work in a fast-paced, unpredictable environment.
- Master’s Degree in public health, public administration, health policy, or public policy preferred.
- Ability to quickly analyze and interpret federal and state statutes, rules and regulations, and existing state legislation.
- Broad knowledge and understanding of health insurance exchanges and the health care industry, including Medicaid, the commercial insurance market, and other health delivery systems, and addressing or otherwise managing issues of access, affordability, and quality health care.
- Understanding of the federal rule-making process, interpretation of federal guidance and the ability to respond to federal rules in a timely manner.
- Knowledge and experience in interpretation with state legislation and other state laws governing health care programs in the state.
- Advanced skills in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.