Health Reform Watch

The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) is pleased to introduce Health Reform Watch, formerly named “ACA This Week”. Health Reform Watch is a web series featuring expert analyses and comments about the latest developments in the ACA (Affordable Care Act) presented by The Forum at HSPH and the Harvard School of Public Health in collaboration with Reuters.

Visit HSPH’s Affordable Care Act page for more ACA coverage.

Health Reform Watch—ACA rulings may help GOP in ’14, Democrats in ’16
July 2014

Harvard Professor of Public Health Robert Blendon talks to Reuters correspondent David Morgan about the fallout from contradictory federal appellate court rulings on the low-income subsidy provisions of President Obama’s signature health law.

Health Reform Watch—After Hobby Lobby, ACA exceptions may become the rule
July 2014

Holly Fernandez Lynch, Executive Director of The Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School, analyzes the impact of the Supreme Court’s recent decision, saying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), passed by Congress, will shape the impact as much as the court itself, because the high court used RFRA as its guide.

Health Reform Watch—ACA price outlook varies widely state-to-state for 2015
June 2014

Katherine Baicker of the Harvard School of Public Health explains the factors driving state-to-state premium disparities under President Obama’s signature health law that are expected to get bigger in 2015.

 

Health Reform Watch—Next battlefield in health care fight: Medicaid
June 2014

Medicaid reform stands as the next major state-by-state fight over President Obama’s signature health program, most immediately in Virginia. Harvard University’s Ben Sommers analyzes the likely scenarios.

Health Reform Watch—ACA will remain central issue in 2014 races
May 2014

Robert Blendon of the Harvard School of Public Health says the Affordable Care Act’s unpopularity in 12 key states means it will remain a central issue in 2014 elections, despite the law’s recent success.

Health Reform Watch—Warning: the economy may be hazardous to your health
May 2014

In this week’s Health Reform Watch, Professor Vish Viswanath of the Harvard School of Public Health discusses his research showing the recent economic recession has taken a heavy toll on the health of Americans.

Health Reform Watch—Study finds fewer deaths after MA health reform
May 2014

In this edition of Health Reform Watch, Harvard Asst. Professor Ben Sommers explains his widely-quoted study showing a measurable drop in adult deaths in Massachusetts in the wake of the state’s health reform program, the model for the Affordable Care Act.

Health Reform Watch—Upcoming Sylvia Burwell confirmation hearings
May 2014

Harvard School of Public Health Professor John McDonough says next week’s confirmation hearings for Sylvia Burwell, President Obama’s pick for health secretary, will be an arena for Democrats and Republicans to hone fresh rallying cries for the 2014 midterm elections.

Health Reform Watch—ACA enrollment continues to jump
April 2014

Harvard School of Public Health Professor John McDonough tells Reuters health policy reporter David Morgan the recent success of President Obama’s signature health care law is forcing a GOP recalculation as enrollments hit 8 million.

Health Reform Watch—Challenges Facing Next HHS Secretary
April 2014

Harvard School of Public Health Professor Katherine Swartz speaks with Reuters Correspondent David Morgan about the challenges ahead for the next Secretary of Health and Human Services, following the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius.

Health Reform Watch—Six million sign up by ACA enrollment deadline
March 2014

Harvard School of Public Health Professor Katherine Swartz speaks with Reuters Correspondent David Morgan on the status of President Obama’s signature health care program as it reached the March 31 deadline for initial sign ups.

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 School of Public Health, says a more important focus is whether people are enrolling for the long-term and whether they are benefitting from the coverage.

 

Lots More Patients, Less Docs?
March 2014

Will there be enough doctors to treat the newly covered patients under the Affordable Care Act? Ashish Jha, professor of health policy and management weighs in.

Does Health Insurance Lead to Better Health
February 2014

Access to health insurance doesn’t always lead to a healthier population, says Ashish Jha, professor of health policy and management at Harvard School of Public Health.

Leadership and Consumer Health Care
February 2014

Ron Pollack, Executive Director for Families USA, discusses the leadership strategies and skills that are most effective in advocating for health care consumers in a tough political environment. Excerpt from Decision-making: Voices from the Field.

The ACA and Jobs
February 2014

Kate-Baicker-200Katherine Baicker, professor of health economics at Harvard School of Public Health, talks about the potential effects of the Affordable Care Act on employment. Listen to podcast: Conversations in Public Health (5:01)

 

Risk Corridors
February 2014

The controversy over “risk corridors,” used by insurance companies for when they get into a new and unpredictable market, shouldn’t be controversial at all.

ACA This Week – Risk Corridors from Harvard School of Public Health on Vimeo.

State of the Union and ACA
January 2014

Did President Obama make a convincing case for the ACA in the 2014 State of the Union Address? Video featuring HSPH Professor John McDonough, former Senior Advisor on National Health Reform to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

ACA This Week – John McDonough from Harvard School of Public Health on Vimeo.

Medicaid Expansion and the States
January 2014

What factors, such as navigating the application process, are influencing Medicaid expansion?  Video featuring Ben Sommers, HSPH Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics and former Senior Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

ACA This Week – Medicaid and the States from Harvard School of Public Health on Vimeo.

Why Is Medicaid Portion of ACA So Complicated?
January 2014

What are some key ways in which the ACA intersects with Medicaid? Video featuring Ben Sommers, HSPH Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics and former Senior Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

ACA This Week – Ben Sommers from Harvard School of Public Health on Vimeo.