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Affordable Care Act Expert Guide

Access the UT Austin Expert Guide on the Affordable Care Act.

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Nursing, Aging, and Insurance

Tracie Harrison
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
APSA Health and Aging Policy Fellow, 2011-2012
Harrison’s expertise is in aging. Last October, she co-sponsored a Health Policy Workshop specifically on insurance in Texas and the Affordable Care Act. Her teaching interests include women’s health, qualitative research, disability over the life course, and health within illness.

Rosa Schnyer
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and College of Pharmacy
Schnyer’s clinical training and experience in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine has served as the foundation for her research. Schnyer can speak about the Affordable Care Act, health outcomes and pharmacy practice.

Health Finance and Economics

Todd Olmstead
Associate Professor of Public Affairs
James M. and Claudia U. Richter Fellow in Global Health Policy
Olmstead is an expert in the areas of health economics, health services research and healthcare policy.  He uses statistics, economics, and operations research to design, implement, and evaluate a wide variety of health care interventions and evidence-based practices. Olmstead is a research scholar at the Seton/UTSW Clinical Research Institute of Austin.

Sam Richardson
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
A health economist by training, Sam Richardson’s research broadly addresses when and how government should intervene in health care markets. His current work focuses specifically on how health care providers respond to payment incentives, and how to set up payment policies that lead to efficient provision of high-quality care. Richardson can talk about the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance exchanges and the implications for Austin and the state of Texas.

David C. Warner
Professor of Public Affairs
Warner’s major teaching and research interests are health policy and health finance. He is available to speak to issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act and the roll-out of health insurance exchanges in states across the country. Currently, he is leading a year-long research project titled “Enrolling in Health Insurance Through the Affordable Care Act: An Austin Case Study.”

Business Experts

Reuben McDaniel
Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Regents Chair in Health Care
Professor, Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management
IC2 Institute
School of Nursing
McDaniel is an expert on the management of complex adaptive systems, with a particular interest in health care organizations. His research and teaching interests include health care management, strategic management, organization theory, and policy analysis.
Kristie Loescher
Senior Lecturer, Department of Management
Loescher teaches management, leadership, and business communications. Prior to her career in academia, she worked in the healthcare industry for 15 years in the areas of quality assurance, utilization management, and clinical research.

Health Communication

René Dailey
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Dailey researches interpersonal communication, including how communication among family members can help foster better health outcomes. Her work has appeared in journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Erin Donovan
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Donovan specializes in interpersonal and health communication, as well as the nuances of disclosure and avoidance. Donovan researches how medical disclosure and consent forms communicate the risks of procedures.

Matthew McGlone
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
McGlone researches how people can be persuaded to make healthy decisions and how drug manufacturers and public health officials can better communicate prescription drug risks. He also investigates ways health care providers can promote flu and HPV vaccines and warn people about the dangers of radon gas.

Michael Mackert
Associate Professor, Departments of Advertising and Public Relations
Mackert studies health literacy and the ways in which health messages can be designed to reach low health-literate populations. Most recently his research has appeared in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Telemedicine and e-Health, the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, the Journal of Palliative Care, and the Journal of School Health.

How Racial Attitudes Affect Health Care Policy

Deborah Bolnick
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Bolnick is a genetic anthropologist and population geneticist. Her work focuses on human genomic variation, race, genetic ancestry, population history, and disease prevalence, with a particular focus on Native American populations.

John Hartigan
Director, the Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies
Professor, Department of Anthropology
Hartigan examines the rhetorical maze of racial discourse in contemporary American culture. His research explores the connections between race, disease and environment in relation to human biological and genetic variation.

King Davis
Director, the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis
Professor, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies
Davis’ work focuses on mental health policies, organizational cultural competence and the impact of mental health policies and systems on populations of color. He teaches courses in policy analysis and mental health.

Jacqueline Angel
Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology
Angel focuses on family, health, and aging, particularly the impact of policies on the health and well-being of Latinos, immigrants, and other vulnerable groups. She also investigates how cultural heterogeneity among the elderly affects the design of programs for the cost-effective delivery of health services.

The Affordable Care Act and Medicare

Eugenio Miravete
Professor, Department of Economics
Miravete studies the Medicare Part D program, with a focus on the economic implications of consumer learning and pricing services through menus of pricing options. He is available to discuss the impact of the Affordable Health Care Act on Medicare enrollment.