Topic: 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…

Impact of ACA on health plan cancellations

Despite the public outcry when as many as 4.7 million people were estimated to have received cancellation notices about their private, non-employment-based health insurance plans last fall when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was launched, this market was already characterized by a…

HSPH experts comment on Affordable Care Act

January 9, 2014 -- Throughout the legal and political wranglings over the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—the landmark health care reform law passed in 2010—Harvard School of Public Health researchers have been contributing to the national conversation on the law and its implementation.…

ACA this week - Do enrollment targets matter?

March, 2014 – Although the number of people signing up for health care through the federal and state marketplaces is currently behind the administration’s target, Benjamin Sommers, professor of health policy and economics at Harvard School of Public Health, says a more…

ACA this week – Lots more patients, enough docs?

March 2014 – Will there be enough doctors to treat the newly covered patients under the Affordable Care Act? Ashish Jha, professor of health policy and management weighs in. (1:24) Visit HSPH’s Affordable Care Act page for more ACA coverage.

ACA this week - Does health insurance lead to better health?

February 2014 -- Access to health insurance doesn’t always lead to a healthier population, says Ashish Jha, professor of health policy and management at Harvard School of Public Health. Check out the series from the Forum at Harvard School of Public Health. (2:42) Visit…