Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Health

The suspicion that the federal Affordable Care Act reduces options for patients to choose their health-care providers proves to be true, according to a new study co-authored by La Follette School professor David Weimer. However, the quality of hospitals in insurance exchange networks was as good or better than those in commercial insurance networks.

University researcher Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka will present his groundbreaking research on Ebola next week as part of an April 21 legislative briefing by the Evidence Based Health Policy Project.

Two La Follette School students will be sharing results of a group cost-benefit analysis at a leading global health and social entrepreneurship conference March 28-29 in Connecticut.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Newspaper features Yackee, Herd

La Follette School Director Susan Webb Yackee and Professor Pamela Herd are among the College of Letters and Science faculty featured in a special section of the March 22 Wisconsin State Journal.

Student Xin Nong spent a weekend in Indianapolis considering different ways a fictitious U.S. city could adjust health-care services, treatment and finance options to improve quality of care, lower costs and reduce disparities in health-care outcomes.

Aaron Dumas, a La Follette School student and project assistant for the Evidence Based Health Policy Project , organized a major statewide conference on opioid abuse with the project in mid-February.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Moran tackles policy challenges

Christian Moran's love of approaching problems from different perspectives brought him from journalism to policy analysis. "I like having the ability to look at problems and improve situations," the 2006 alum says.

Political partisanship partly explains states' different responses to the federal Affordable Care Act, which seeks to change fundamentally the U.S. health-care system, new research by La Follette School Professor David Weimer finds.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Professor discusses impact of soda tax

Professor Jason Fletcher discusses on Wisconsin Public Radio the economic and health impacts of taxing soda in the context of the recent decision by Berkeley, California, to add a one-cent-per-ounce tax on soft drinks.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Health insurance costs report available

Research on health insurance costs conducted in part by a La Follette School alum looks at how Wisconsin State Employee Health Plan controls the rapid rise of health insurance costs in Dane County compared to Wisconsin's other counties.

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