The goal of the initiative going forward is to assess new technologies, innovations, and analytics for managed care in order to find ways to address the burden of high health care costs. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A new collaboration on rising health care costs is bringing actuaries to the health reform discussion. Initiative 18/11, named to reflect the percentage of GDP the U.S. spends on health care compared to the rest of the developed world, is a joint project of the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).

The two groups recently released a report, “Initiative 18/11: What Can We Do About the Cost of Health Care?” The report outlines some of the challenges the U.S. continues to struggle with, despite reforms such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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