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 T.H. Chan School of Public Health, says…

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…

African countries could pay greater share of HIV/AIDS funding

As economies improve in sub-Saharan Africa, the region’s 12 countries could cover more of the funding for HIV/AIDS programs, according to a new analysis by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health lecturer Stephen Resch and colleagues at the Results for Development…

Vermont calls it quits on single payer

In a December 23, 2014 opinion piece in CommonWealth, health policy expert John McDonough of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health lamented Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin’s recent decision not to pursue a single-payer financing scheme for health insurance in that state…

Getting to universal health coverage

December 11, 2014 — Julio Frenk is Dean of the Faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health and T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, a joint appointment with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. What does…

Get ready for GOP battle over Obamacare

The new Republican majority in Congress next year is likely to use several strategies to try to derail the Affordable Care Act (ACA). One will focus on the unpopular mandate that requires individuals to have health insurance or face fines; the other…

Odds of repealing Obamacare slim

Although Congressional Republicans could try to chip away at parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the coming months, it’s highly unlikely that the law as a whole will be repealed, according to health policy expert John McDonough of Harvard School…

Health insurance enrollment websites experience smoother relaunch

The launch of this year’s open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act went much more smoothly than last year, according Benjamin Sommers, assistant professor of health policy and economics at Harvard School of Public Health. He told WGBH…

Report urges investment in health, well-being of young adults

Young adults in America are plagued with debt, low-paying jobs, poor physical health, and psychological burdens, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. Titled “Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults,” the…

Legalizing Marijuana

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum event examined the public health pros and cons of legalizing marijuana use.