JoAnn Volk, M.A.


JoAnn Volk is a Research Professor and Project Director at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. There she directs research on health insurance reform issues as they affect consumers, including implementation of exchanges and the new insurance market rules under the Affordable Care Act.

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.