Topic: health reform

Government shutdown and the ACA

The acrimonious politics surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, led to a government shutdown on October 1, 2013—the day the ACA’s health exchanges debuted. But [[Robert Blendon]], Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health and professor of health policy and…

Has Obamacare found its Bull Connor?

Health care reform in the United States—“Obamacare”—continues to face a bumpy road, according to health policy expert John McDonough of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Writing in his Boston Globe blog “Health Stew” on September 1, 2013, McDonough, professor of the…

Obamacare and the insurance kerfuffle

John McDonough, professor of public health practice at Harvard School of Public Health and director of the HSPH Center for Public Health Leadership, discussed technical problems and controversies surrounding the Obamacare rollout on recent episodes of a new podcast series moderated by…

Two takes on the Oregon Medicaid study

In a study dubbed the “Oregon Health Insurance Experiment,” researchers compared clinical outcomes among two groups of adults in Oregon—half who were on Medicaid and half who weren’t. The newest findings from the study, published online May 2, 2013 in the New…

U.S. governors mixed on Medicaid expansion

There appears to be no clear consensus among U.S. governors regarding the Medicaid expansion as called for in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—which could deeply affect the future of the U.S. health care system, according to a Harvard School of Public Health…

With exchanges launched, ACA rollout begins

On October 1, 2013, state and federal health exchanges began enrolling uninsured individuals for health care coverage, which is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2014. John McDonough, a professor of the practice of public health at Harvard School of Public Health…

A call for better governance in global health

Given the complex health challenges facing the world today—the continuing threat from infectious diseases, the growing problem of noncommunicable diseases linked with risk factors like obesity and smoking, and health effects stemming from global issues such as climate change and trade policies—it’s…

Physician payment under the Affordable Care Act

Robert Blendon, senior associate dean for policy translation and leadership development and Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health, recently spoke with the website Medpage Today for its “Conversations with …” video interview series. Blendon discussed…