Category: Austin Frakt

Experts urge Biden to expand access to patient genetics in cancer ‘moonshot’

STAT News Austin Frakt, School of Public Health Vice President Joe Biden unveiled his “moonshot” initiative against cancer Tuesday, saying it’s time to “accelerate our efforts to progress towards a cure, and to unleash new discoveries and breakthroughs for other deadly diseases.”… Expert quote: “I would urge the vice president to invest in data infrastructure and […]

Experimental Medicare programs produce mixed results

Washington Examiner Austin Frakt, School of Public Health As provisions such as the individual mandate and the new insurance exchanges have provoked a very public debate over President Obama’s healthcare law, policy experts have been anxiously watching the law’s lesser-known features aimed at making the system operate more efficiently. So far, the early results of […]

The new Obamacare issue worrying consumer advocates

Vox Austin Frakt, School of Public Health There’s a tool for reducing health costs that many health economists and policy geeks are eager to embrace, but that leaves consumer advocates are somewhat wary. It’s called reference pricing, and its surprisingly controversial… Expert quote: “Reference pricing gives the individual more choice and uses the resources that […]

Study calls wide Mass. coverage a lifesaver

Boston Globe (subscription required) Austin Frakt, School of Public Health During the first four years after Massachusetts implemented its 2006 health insurance law, death rates in the state dropped by nearly 3 percent among young and middle-aged adults compared with similar populations in states that didn’t expand coverage, Harvard School of Public Health researchers concluded […]

GOP, Insurers Bully Dems Into Retreat On Medicare Cuts

Talking Points Memo Austin Frakt, School of Public Health Last week, the Obama administration surrendered to intense lobbying pressure from the insurance industry and members of both parties in Congress, turning a proposed pay cut to Medicare private plans into a raise… Expert quote: “It’s not like these cuts don’t have an effect. I think […]