JoAnn Volk is a Research Professor and Project Director at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. There she directs research, authors papers, and provides technical assistance and training on state and federal regulation of private insurance, including health insurance marketplaces and the insurance market rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Prior to joining the Institute, JoAnn managed health care policy and advocacy for the AFL-CIO. From 2001 to 2010, she represented the Federation on a broad range of health care issues, including employer-sponsored coverage, Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare, health care quality, and health care workforce issues. Key areas of work included the Affordable Care Act, the Medicare Modernization Act and the Health Coverage Tax Credit for laid off workers.


Before coming to the AFL-CIO, JoAnn was a senior analyst with Abt Associates, doing research on state-based efforts to cover the uninsured and state high-risk pools. Her career began in New York State politics, working primarily as an aide to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly.


Recent Posts by JoAnn Volk

Get Health Insurance Through Your Employer? ACA Repeal Will Affect You, Too

Job-based plans offered to employees and their families cover 150 million people in the United States. If the ACA is repealed, they stand to lose critical consumer protections that many have come to expect of their employer plan.

Changing Provider Networks In Marketplace Health Plans: Balancing Affordability And Access To Quality Care

Editor's note: In addition to Sabrina Corlette, JoAnn Volk, Robert Berenson, and Judy Feder coauthored this post.  Twelve percent of the complaints to California’s Department of Managed Health Care this year relate to access to care problems. In New Hampshire, consumers were upset to learn...