Topic: health policy

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…

SNAP reform could make program healthier

According to recent Harvard School of Public Health research, people who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits actually see their health get worse. HSPH nutrition expert Walter Willett appeared on the WGBH television show “Greater Boston” to talk about this problem…

ACA this week - Leadership in consumer health care

February 2014 -- Leadership is critical in advocating for health care consumers. How do you advocate in a tough political environment? What leadership strategies or skills are most effective? An interview with Ron Pollack, Executive Director for Families USA. Check out the…

Health discrimination

Michelle Mello, Professor of Law and Public Health, on whether insurers and employers can discriminate against people on the basis of personal health behaviors. (September 2008, 11:57) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you…

Getting people the care they deserve

When alumna Bethany Holmes worked in a clinic for deaf patients, she was shocked by how few people could afford the care they need. She set out to change that. January 24, 2013. (4:40) Please click the play icon above to play…

The Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act

John McDonough reacts to the high court's decision on health reform and offers insights on Medicaid's future. June 28, 2012 (7:39) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you may download the podcast in mp3 format…

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…