HSPH experts comment on Affordable Care Act

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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.

Inside health reform

John McDonough, HSPH professor of the practice of public health, was a senior advisor on the U.S. Senate committee responsible for developing the ACA. A former Massachusetts state legislator and executive director of the advocacy group Health Care for All, McDonough has covered the ACA from various angles on his Health Stew blog on Boston.com, and in numerous interviews with media.

Taking the pulse of public opinion

HSPH’s Robert Blendon, Richard L. Menschel Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Policy Translation and Leadership Development, directs the Harvard Opinion Research Program, which focuses on understanding public knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about major social policy issues.

More on ACA

Obamacare and obstructionism
October 7, 2013 New Yorker editorial by HSPH’s Atul Gawande

The ACA’s crucial prevention component
October 2, 2013 editorial by Dean Julio Frenk

HSPH experts on health care ruling: Good news; more work to do
June 28, 2012

The legal battle over health care reform
March 16, 2012

Medicare, Medicaid, and health costs

People lacking insurance not likely to migrate to obtain Medicaid coverage
HSPH press release, January 6, 2014

Having Medicaid increases emergency room visits
HSPH press release, January 2, 2014

Spike in Medicaid enrollment could have health benefits for low-income adults
NPR story quoting HSPH’s Katherine Baicker, November 25, 2013

Safety-net hospitals losing money under Medicare quality-based payments program
Coverage of research by HSPH’s Ashish Jha, November 21, 2013

Hospital CEO pay not linked to quality of care
Coverage of research by HSPH’s Ashish Jha and Karen Joynt, October 15, 2013

Fearful doctors may order too many tests
Coverage of research by HSPH’s Michelle Mello, August 14, 2013

Medicaid expansion faces challenges as January 1 deadline looms
Coverage of talk by HSPH’s Benjamin Sommers, July 24, 2013

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Department of Health Policy and Management

—Compiled by Amy Roeder

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