Medicare Advantage Plans (2017)

Recorded On: 05/24/2017

  1. Overview of Medicare Advantage Program
  2. Medicare Advantage Enrollment Trends and Outlook
  3. Benefit Design in the Individual Market
  4. Availability of Dental Benefits

Participation in the Medicare Advantage program is growing and expected to continue. During this 1-hour webinar, Avalere Health will review key themes and trends in Medicare Advantage, including but not limited to enrollment outlook, health plan participation and top organizations by enrollment, and benefit design and cost-sharing trends. In particular, the webinar will focus on the types of plans available to beneficiaries locally and nationwide, with an emphasis on dental and other supplemental benefits. Finally, Avalere will cover potential policy changes that may impact the program moving forward.

Cara Kelly


Cara Kelly, Vice President, advises clients on the impact of health reform initiatives, with an emphasis on health insurance exchanges and insurance market reforms. She specializes in helping health plans, pharmacy benefit managers and other healthcare stakeholders position strategically in the post-Affordable Care Act market. Cara also has expertise in Medicare Parts C and D.

Prior to rejoining Avalere, where she worked until 2010, Cara was at HHS’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO). At CCIIO, she focused on Health Insurance Exchanges; specifically, she developed policy and operational requirements for qualified health plans and served as a technical expert for issuers, states and other stakeholders. She has particular knowledge about issues affecting health plans in State Partnership and Federally-facilitated Exchanges, including certification standards and processes, the essential health benefits package, and operational requirements.

Cara has an MHS in Health Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a BA from Yale University.


Robin Duddy-Tenbrunsel

Senior Associate

Robin Duddy-Tenbrunsel, Senior Associate, analyzes the implications of health reform and applies her background with the health insurance exchanges, evidenced-based policy, and the federal budget process to providing strategic advice to clients on their policy and advocacy priorities.

Prior to joining Avalere, Robin worked in the Pay for Success field, where she researched cost-saving, evidenced-based health interventions. She also interned at the Office of Management and Budget’s Health Division, analyzing Health and Human Services data as part of the budget approval process and assisting with the preparation of OMB recommendations. Additionally, she has internship experience with the Kaiser Family Foundation where, as a member of the Healthcare Marketplace Team, she co-authored a paper on 2015 premium changes on the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare Marketplace.

Robin has a BA from Tufts University and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.


Medicare Advantage Plans (2017)