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Health Care Policy Expert Guide

University of Texas at Austin experts available to comment on health care policy and the Affordable Care Act

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University of Texas at Austin experts available to comment on health care policy and the Affordable Care Act

Jacqueline Angel
Department of Sociology
LBJ School of Public Affairs

Angel’s research addresses the relationships linking family structures, inequality, and health across the life course. Her work focuses on the impact of social policy on the well-being of aging Latinos and other vulnerable groups.


Frank B. Cross
Herbert D. Kelleher Centennial Professor in Business Law
School of Law
Business, Government and Society, Red McCombs School of Business

Cross is a lawyer and an expert on business law and constitutional theory, specifically, the relationship between businesses and the courts. Here’s a link to his research on judicial activism.

Diana DiNitto
Cullen Trust Centennial Professor in Alcohol Studies and Education
School of Social Work

DiNitto specializes in studying alcohol and drug abuse, and the intersection of social welfare, politics and public policy. She is available to talk about the social welfare ramifications of a Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

Kristie J. Loescher
Senior Lecturer
Department of Management, Red McCombs School of Business, University Extension

Loescher is an expert in health care policy and management, with a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in business administration. She spent six years as director of operations at Seton Health Network in Austin, Texas. Here’s a video of Loescher discussing the Affordable Care Act as it was being shaped in 2009. Read about her research on the information-driven health care organization and on electronic medical records and patient privacy.

Reuben R. McDaniel
Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Regents Chair in Health Care Management
Red McCombs School of Business
IC2 Institute
School of Nursing

McDaniel is an expert on the management of complex adaptive systems, with a particular interest in health care organizations. You can read his approach to health care research here, links to recent articles on patient-centered issues and research on physician-team function in hospital settings and how it can affect patient outcomes.

Robert A. Prentice
Ed and Molly Smith Centennial Professor in Business Law
Red McCombs School of Business

Prentice is a lawyer and an expert on ethics and business law. He’s the chairman of the new Business, Government and Society department at the McCombs School of Business. A key goal of the department is to contribute to public debates about the proper role of government regulation in business activity. He talks in this video about the latest research governing ethical decision-making.

Helen Schneider
Department of Economics, College of Liberal Arts

Schneider is an expert in health economics. She was a researcher at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Public Health. Here’s a link to her research on favorable tax treatment for nonprofit hospitals, as well as her research on whether changes in market competitiveness affect patient outcomes and her research on principal agency theory and health care utilization.

David Warner
Wilbur J. Cohen Professor in Health and Social Policy
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Warner is an expert in health care policy and economics. He is available to discuss issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate, as well as the viability of other proposed health care policies such as the Ryan Medicare Plan.