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About Me

Laura Skopec is a writer, researcher, and comedian living in Washington, DC. She writes audio ad copy for Write Label, white papers and research reports on health policy for the Urban Institute, and jokes and short humor pieces for McSweeney's, Slackjaw, Pitch.live, and Comedywire. She also writes and performs sketch comedy at the DC Drafthouse, and performs stand-up at the DC Improv.

Outside of writing, research, and comedy, her interests include hiking, photography, and finding ways to entertain a perpetually bored four year old. 

Industries I Write About

Health & Wellness


Law & Politics


My Writing Samples

Pay for Success in Health Care

Health care spending in the United States is high, and nearly half is paid by the federal government and by state and local governments. Given these costs, public and private stakeholders have led several different efforts to reduce health care spending. However, many social programs that can improve health outcomes and reduce costs are not typically covered by health insurance. Pay for Success is one option for funding these programs, but several obstacles need to be overcome.


Are Medicare Advantage Plans Using New Supplemental Benefit Flexibility to Address Enrollees’ Health

Beginning in 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services increased flexibility for Medicare Advantage plans to allow them to cover new benefits to help address enrollees’ health-related social needs or long-term care needs. This brief describes interviews with 10 Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Advantage experts, and social service providers to discuss new benefits added under this flexibility and additional policy changes that may be needed to encourage wider adoption.


Finding Joy in the Parenting Chaos

This personal essay describes the challenges and joys of parenting during quarantine, and how our current circumstances mirror those of my son's birth.




Write short humor and satire that has been published in McSweeney’s and Slackjaw. Write and perform sketch comedy and stand up at the DC Comedy Drafthouse and the DC Improv. Sample work is available at lauraskopec.com.

Company: Laura Skopec Comedy

I worked there from 1/2020 until now

Senior Research Associate

Published over 35 papers and reports on health care topics including the effects of the Affordable Care Act on insurance coverage, access to care, and payments to physicians and health plans; the Medicare and Medicaid programs; disparities in access to care; and the social determinants of health. Led work on 14 grants and contracts worth over $1.2 million. Developed work plans, conducted quantitative and qualitative research, and ensured projects were completed on time and on budget.

Company: Urban Institute

I worked there from 10/2014 until now


Write copy for 30- to 60-second audio ad spots for a wide variety of local and national companies.

Company: Write Label

I worked there from 10/2019 until now

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