Health Reform Program
The Health Reform Program designs practical solutions to health care problems—solutions that address the needs of all parties.
Choosing a B.U. Health Insurance Plan for 2016 [Slides presented at BUSPH School Assembly, 27 October 2015]
Choosing a Boston University Health Insurance Plan for 2016. [October 2015 – 44 pages]
Alan Sager prepared this report at the request of the BUSPH Faculty Senate to help school employees choose between the two health insurance plans that the university is offering for 2016, and to provide background on changes in insurance options. As such, it is not an official document of, nor endorsed by, the school.
The program’s work on US health reform addresses patients’ inability to afford needed prescription drugs; the disproportionate closing of hospitals in minority and lower-income communities; and methods of winning affordable health care for all.
- Affordable Health Care and Long-term Care. [4 November 2013 – 66 slides]
- Why Is Primary Care Like the Weather? [29 July 2013 – 95 slides]
- Causes and Consequences of Urban Hospital Closings and Reconfigurations, 1936 – 2010. [14 Mar 2013 – 92 slides] Listen to the podcast on WBUR FM’s Boston University’s World of Ideas: http://worldofideas.wbur.org/
- U.S. Health Care in 2030: Two Stories. [18 May 2012 – 94 slides]
- Hospital Closings: Causes, Consequences, and Responses, Boston Occupier op.ed. [20 Feb 2012 – 3 pages]
- Paying New York State Hospitals More Fairly for Their Care of Uninsured Patients. [31 Aug 2011 – 168 pages]
- Why Stabilizing St. Vincent’s Is Vital [The Villager]. [10 Mar 2010 – 2 pages]
- Hospital Deals Raise Questions. Boston Globe. [7 September 2010 – 1 page]
- Covering People, Paying Caregivers, and Shaping Affordable Care for All.. [15 Oct 2008 – 80 slides]
- Rapid Increases in Medicaid and Medicare Account for Most of the Rise in Health Insurance Coverage. [26 Aug 2008 – 4 pages]
- See more: Hospital Closings and Configuration | Health Care for All | Affordable Prescription Drugs
The program’s Access and Affordability Monitoring Project tackles coverage, cost, and caregiver survival problems in Massachusetts.
- Letter to Massachusetts Attorney-General Coakley on Negotiated Agreement with Partners. [17 July 2014 – 5 pages]
- Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Should Declare a Public Health Emergency to Keep North Adams Regional Hospital Open. [26 March 2014 – 3 pages]
- Letter to Massachusetts Attorney-General Coakley on Steward Purchase of Caritas Hospitals. [11 August 2011 – 7 pages]
- Massachusetts Hospital Spending Reached 55% per Person above the U.S. Average in 2007: Most of Excess Is Unjustified, and State’s Health Reform Law Is Negligible Factor. [16 Mar 2010 – 211 pages]
- This Year’s $72 Billion Spending in Massachusetts is Enough to Finance the Care that Works: Proposals to Simply Bundle Payments to hospitals and Doctors for Individual Episodes of Care, While Reasonable and Well-intentioned, Are Not Likely to Contain Costs. [11 Feb 2009 – 25 pages]
- Beacon Hill’s Health Plans Are Doomed to Failure. The Boston Globe. [22 June 2012 – 3 pages]
- Durable Health Care for All Requires Cost Control: Health Cost’s Shares of Economy Up 38% since 1987, While Uninsured Share of Residents Rose 78%. [3 March 2006 – 74 pages]
- See more: AAMP
Alan Sager, PhD
Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
Director, Health Reform Program
These reports represent the views of the authors and do not represent the view of Boston University.