Topic: North America

Autism diagnosis surge puts financial strain on schools

The cost of special education and medical services for a child with autism averages $17,000 annually, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health and colleagues. Schools bear the brunt of the economic burden, according to the…

ACA’s impact on jobs ignites debate

In the midst of a debate about Obamacare’s impact on the U.S. economy, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) faculty say that it’s important to focus not only on the potential economic impact of the health reform law but also on its…

Health care reform undoing ‘job lock’

The Affordable Care Act is providing a cure for the phenomenon known as “job lock” — when a worker stays in a position solely for employer-sponsored health insurance. That’s according to Katherine Swartz, professor of health policy and economics at Harvard School…

Republican health reform plan represents political sea change

A new health reform proposal from three leading Senate Republicans represents a fundamental shift in the politics of health reform and the Affordable Care Act, according to John McDonough of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Writing January 30, 2014 in his…