Caroline Pearson, Vice President, leads Avalere’s Health Reform Practice. In this role, she supports clients in understanding how state and federal policy changes will impact their commercial interests and generating the analytics needed to anticipate and influence policy changes. Caroline has focused on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid managed care, prescription drug coverage, and employer-sponsored insurance trends. She also monitors efforts to contain costs and improve care coordination within the Medicaid program, including initiatives focused on dual eligibles, behavioral health management, and HIV/AIDS coverage.
Caroline has special expertise in health reform, and she frequently presents to audiences seeking to understand how health reform changes will impact the market, the stability of employer-sponsored insurance, access challenges for newly insured individuals, and market opportunities in public and private exchanges. In addition, in 2009, Caroline contributed to a report, led by Senators Tom Daschle and Bob Dole at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which advanced a comprehensive, bipartisan health reform proposal.
Prior to joining Avalere, Caroline was a research assistant for members of Harvard University's Health Policy Ph.D. program studying Medicare coverage decisions. Caroline also worked at the Monroe County, NY, Department of Public Health.
Caroline has a BA in government from Harvard University.