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Headliners: December Edition
A Trillion Reasons to Care: Early Evidence and Expectations of the Affordable Care Act
Who: Dr. Jean Abraham, associate professor, health policy and management, School of Public Health
When: Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7 p.m.
Where: Continuing Education and Conference Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus
Few topics have been in the headlines as perennially as health care reform in the United States. From the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 and the proposed Health Security Act of 1993 (aka the Clinton Health Care Plan), to the ongoing debate and drama of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), it seems the discussion has no end. But what are the facts behind this most recent legislation and how does one separate fact from fiction and political posturing from very real consequences for U.S. citizens?
The U.S. is projected to spend $2.9 trillion on health care in 2013. Despite this high level of spending, approximately 47 million non-elderly persons are uninsured. The ACA was created, in part, to address this issue. Following numerous legal challenges, the Supreme Court upheld the ACA’s constitutionality in a 5-4 decision in June 2012.
At this writing, much of the focus has turned to the rocky rollout of healthcare.gov and the disruption generated by new insurance regulations. According to Dr. Jean Abraham, an award-winning professor from the University’s School of Public Health, “As implementation of the ACA continues, we are able to observe how the policy is evolving and being shaped by political forces, as well as how provisions within the Act may be adapted in order to meet the goal of expanding coverage to approximately 25 million low-income Americans."
Join us on December 5 as Dr. Abraham presents an in-depth look at key health-insurance provisions within the ACA, and helps to sort through the evidence and expectations related to this controversial legislation.
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Dr. Jean Marie Abraham, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, is an associate professor in the division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health. A health economist with 13 years experience focusing on questions related to health insurance provisions, information use, and competition in insurance and hospital markets, Dr. Abraham is well versed in federal health policy, including insurance and delivery-system provisions within the Affordable Care Act. In 2008−09, she served as the senior economist on health issues for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in Washington, D.C., under both the Bush and Obama administrations. At the University, her primary responsibilities are with the Master of Healthcare Administration program, through which she teaches courses in statistics for health management decision-making and health economics. In 2011, she received the Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor given by the School of Public Health. To learn more, visit Dr. Abraham’s School of Public Health profile.
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