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The Affordable Care Act

Open enrollment is underway for the nation’s uninsured under the Affordable Care Act, but its passage and enforcement has been surrounded by partisan debate. Some states have opted out of some provisions of the law, commonly referred to as Obamacare. Georgetown faculty experts are available to speak on the ACA as well as health care policy and access.

To arrange interviews with faculty experts, contact a media relations representative or call (202) 687.4328.

The Center for Children and Families

The Center for Children and Families is an independent, nonpartisan policy and research center located within the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI) whose mission is to expand and improve health coverage for America's children and families. To arrange interviews with these experts, please contact Cathy Hope at cjh73@georgetown.edu or (703) 887.8281.

Joan Alker is executive director at the Center for Children and Families and for the past 10 years a research associate professor at GPPI’s Health Policy Institute. Her work focuses on health coverage for low-income children and families, with an emphasis on Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Affordable Care Act.

Tricia Brooks is a senior fellow at the Center for Children and Families and a research assistant professor at GPPI’s Health Policy Institute. She works on policy and implementation issues affecting coverage for children and families in Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the health insurance marketplaces.

Sonya Schwartz is a research fellow with the Center on Children and Families, specializing in health reform, health coverage, Medicaid, health insurance marketplaces and exchanges, health insurance regulation and consumer protections, state health policy and poverty programs.

The Center for Health Insurance Reforms

The Center for Health Insurance Reform is based at Georgetown Public Policy Institute’s Health Policy Institute, a multidisciplinary group of faculty and staff dedicated to conducting research on issues related to health policy and health services. To arrange interviews with these experts, please contact Cathy Hope at cjh73@georgetown.edu or (703) 887.8281.

Sabrina Corlette is a senior research fellow and project director at the Health Policy Institute. Her areas of focus include regulation of private health insurance plans and markets and implementation of new insurance market rules under health care reform.

David Cusano is a senior research fellow at the Center for Health Insurance Reform. Through his work at Georgetown’s State Health Reform Assistance Network, he provides technical assistance to state officials on implementing the Essential Health Benefits and the Affordable Care Act. He previously worked as in-house counsel for insurance providers where he advised them on how to implement the ACA’s new requirements and on their day-to-day health care plan operations.

Sarah Dash is a member of the research faculty at GPPI’s Health Policy Institute, where she is leading a comprehensive review of state health insurance exchange implementation and its impact on access to affordable, high-quality health care.

Max Farris is an assistant research professor at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms. Farris’ research focuses on analyzing state laws, pending legislation and current market practices related to federal and state implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Justin Giovannelli is a research fellow and faculty member at GPPI's Health Policy Institute. He studies private health insurance, including federal and state regulation and oversight of the insurance market and developments in market practice. His current research addresses the implementation of the Affordable Care Act's market reforms and health insurance exchanges.

Katie Keith is an assistant research professor at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms. Keith's principal research focus is on analyzing state and federal regulation of private health insurance and current market practices with an emphasis on monitoring implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Kevin Lucia is a senior research fellow and project director at GPPI’s Health Policy Institute. As part of a specialized research team, he conducts extensive legal analysis on how states and the federal government regulate private health insurance with a focus on access, affordability and adequacy of coverage.

Sally McCarty is a senior research fellow at the Center on Health Insurance Reform. She is an experienced state and federal regulator and national consumer advocacy expert.

Christine Monahan is a senior health policy analyst at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms. She focuses on state and federal implementation of health insurance exchanges and also conducts research on regulation of private health insurance.

JoAnn Volk is a senior research fellow at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms and project director at GPPI’s Health Policy Institute. She directs research on health insurance reform issues as they affect consumers, including implementation of exchanges and the new insurance market rules under the Affordable Care Act.

Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) physicians and researchers are available to comment on health insurance coverage, ethical issues in research and public health practice, health disparities and more. To arrange interviews with these experts, please contact Karen Mallet at km463@georgetown.edu or (215) 514.9751.

John Kraemer is an assistant professor in GUMC’s School of Nursing & Health Studies' Department of Health Systems Administration. He is affiliated with the Law Center’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and the School of Foreign Service's African Studies Program. Trained in both public health and law, Kraemer’s work focuses on the improvement of health policy through evidence-based and normative approaches. At Georgetown, Kraemer has taught epidemiology, health disparities, health law and ethics and global health law. He has written about constitutional issues related to the Affordable Care Act.

Carole Roan Gresenz is the Bette Jacobs Endowed Professor in the Department of Health Systems Administration at GUMC’s School of Nursing & Health Studies. Gresenz joined Georgetown this summer after nearly 20 years with the RAND Corporation, where she most recently served as senior economist and director of the health economics, finance and organization program within RAND Health. Her work related to health care reform includes studies of the effects of the community uninsured rate on health care outcomes among the insured, the effect of the Affordable Care Act on employers' decisions to self-insure versus fully-insure the health plans they offer to employees, and the effects of recent state expansions of public health insurance coverage to children in higher-income families on coverage outcomes.

Michael Stoto is a professor of health systems administration and population health in GUMC’s School of Nursing & Health Studies. A statistician, epidemiologist and health services researcher, Stoto’s research includes methodological topics in epidemiology and statistics including research synthesis/meta-analysis and other analytical methods for comparative effectiveness research.  He also focuses on community health assessment, evaluation methods and performance measurement. His substantive research interests include public health practice, especially with regard to emergency preparedness; drug and vaccine safety; infectious disease policy; and ethical issues in research and public health practice. Stoto has been a senior scholar in residence at AcademyHealth, where he focused on population health issues.

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