Topic: health reform

Perspectives on an unprecedented law

Perspectives on an Unprecedented Law: Five HSPH experts comment "We are all very concerned in Massachusetts that an adequate safety net of care remain in the system for those who fall through the cracks." -HSPH Senior Lecturer Nancy Turnbull A Net With Holes …

Why IS health care reform so elusive?

[ Fall 2011 ] Interview with John McDonough John McDonough, HSPH professor of the practice of public health, was a senior adviser on the U.S. Senate committee responsible for developing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the landmark health care reform…

What's so hard about health care reform?

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] "Change is usually slow. It moves in fits and starts and veers left and right. That’s how behavioral systems move. It’s true in every facet of our government: economic policy, foreign policy, transportation policy, education policy. And proposals…

HSPH students study health reform in China

JOURNEY OF 17,000 MILES Watching the earthquake-ravaged Sichuan region's public health system rebuild is now an integral part of HSPH's Field Study on Health Systems Reforms, an annual three-week course that is led each January by Yuanli Liu (with a survivor, above). Consistently…

Who are the uninsured? (They could be you)

Who are the Uninsured? (They Could be You) People who lack health insurance come from all social and economic groups. Of the approximately 500,000 uninsured “nonelderly” in Massachusetts (those who, being under age 65, are not yet eligible for Medicare coverage): The…

Dean's message: H1N1 and comprehensive health security

[Winter 2010] Health Reform in an Era of Pandemics The H1N1 pandemic has had a profound impact on global security. This pandemic clearly shows us that, in health matters, the world has become a single neighborhood—and that the consequences of actions taking…

Health care for (almost) everyone: Key elements of the law

Key Elements of the Law “An act to provide access to affordable, quality, accountable health care.” Individual mandate For the first time in the United States, the law requires that anyone over 18 have “minimum creditable coverage” by end of 2007 and:…

China's leaders, HSPH experts unite in health reform effort

[ Spring 2009 ] At the height of China's SARS outbreak in the spring of 2003, with Beijing reporting hundreds of new cases a day, Yuanli Liu woke up at 3 a.m. in Boston to a ringing telephone. On the line was a senior Chinese government…

Talking health care reform: A conversation with Meredith Rosenthal

[ Spring/Summer 2010 ] On March 21, 2010, the United States House of Representatives passed the biggest expansion of federal health care guarantees since the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid more than four decades earlier. Soon after, the Review caught up with health economist Meredith B. Rosenthal to…

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…