Topic: Affordable Care Act

A Conversation with Kathleen Sebelius

[FORUM VIDEO] Kathleen Sebelius, the 21st Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), spoke about leadership and public health challenges.

The ACA and jobs

February 2014 – Katherine Baicker, professor of health economics at Harvard School of Public Health, talks about the potential effects of the Affordable Care Act on employment. (Conversations in Public Health, 5:01) Please click the play icon above to play this podcast…

A timely strategy for improving health insurance signups

Shifting the open enrollment period for health insurance signups could boost enrollments and may help people make better health plan choices, according to a new study. The next open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act…

Developing better ways to measure hospital safety

As part of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals with high rates of adverse events among patients—such as hospital-acquired infections, medication errors, or surgical mishaps—are now subject to penalty from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Under the new rules, large,…

Young adults report better health following Affordable Care Act

According to a new survey, young adults are reporting better health since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, which allowed them to be covered on their parents’ plans through age 26. The study, co-authored by Kao-Ping Chua, a health…

Obamacare report card: Incomplete, but promising

Much of the media coverage and dialogue surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been, unsurprisingly, polarizing. Opponents have focused on the negative (the bumpy rollout of the federal health insurance marketplace, healthcare.gov), supporters on the positive (the 8 million enrollments through…

ACA waiver could be a ‘game-changer’

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a “treasure chest of [health] policy innovations,” writes HSPH’s John McDonough in an article for the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (JHPPL). These innovations are largely unknown, overlooked by greater attention to other aspects of…

Significant decline in deaths after Massachusetts’ health reform

Findings offer insights into population-level health effects that could occur under Affordable Care Act For immediate release: Monday, May 5, 2014 Boston, MA — In the first four years after Massachusetts instituted comprehensive health reform in 2006, mortality in the state decreased…