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2018 Annual Health Reform Update

Author(s): Sara E. Wilensky, JD, PhD, Department of Health Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University
Joel B. Teitelbaum, JD, LLM, Department of Health Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University
  • ISBN-13: 9781284150346
  • Paperback    56 pages      © 2019
Price: $24.95 US List
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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the most monumental piece of U.S. federal health policymaking in nearly 50 years. The implementation of the ACA, or any efforts to repeal or replace it, will have an impact on the lives of tens of millions of Americans. Health care reform has been—and will continue to be—an ongoing, dynamic process for the federal government, states, employers, insurers, providers, patients and others.

This concise, 56-page examination of health reform in the United States is a comprehensive look at the key components of the ACA and the political climate regarding its potential repeal. It also explores all previous attempts at health reform, as well as the core rulings of multiple U.S. Supreme Court decisions related to the Affordable Care Act, and key issues going forward.

Newly updated for 2018, this classroom tested material offers learning objectives, a vignette, and many discussion questions that will spark student dialogue and critical thinking.

This unique analysis is updated regularly and serves as an excellent supplement to any textbook for courses across the spectrum of the health care disciplines, including Public Health, Health Administration, Medicine, Nursing, and other Health Professions.

This supplement can be bundled with any Jones & Bartlett Learning text at no additional charge to your students.

Sara E. Wilensky, JD, PhD-Department of Health Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

Sara Wilensky, JD, PhD, is Special Services Faculty for Undergraduate Education in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is also the Director of the  Undergraduate Program in Public Health.

Dr. Wilensky has taught a health policy analysis course and health systems overview course required of all students in the Master of Public Health–Health Policy degree program, as well as the health policy course required of all undergraduate students majoring in public health. She has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on numerous health policy research projects relating to a variety of topics, such as Medicaid coverage, access and financing, community health centers, childhood obesity, HIV preventive services, financing of public hospitals, and data sharing barriers and opportunities between public health and Medicaid agencies.

As Director of the Undergraduate Program in Public Health, Dr. Wilensky is responsible for the day-to-day management of the program, including implementation of the dual BS/MPH program. In addition, she is responsible for faculty oversight, course scheduling, new course development, and student satisfaction.

Dr. Wilensky is involved with several GW service activities: she has taught a service learning in public health course in the undergraduate program; she has been heavily involved in making GW’s Writing in the Disciplines program part of the undergraduate major in public health; and she is the advisor to students receiving a Master in Public Policy or a Master in Public Administration with a focus on health policy from GW’s School of Public Policy and Public Administration.

Prior to joining GW, Dr. Wilensky was a law clerk for federal Judge Harvey Bartle III in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and worked as an associate at the law firm of Cutler and Stanfield, LLP, in Denver, Colorado.

Joel B. Teitelbaum, JD, LLM-Department of Health Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

Joel Teitelbaum, JD, LLM, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy, Director of the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program, and Co-Director of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, all at the George Washington University (GW) Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, D.C. He also carries a faculty appointment with the GW Law School, and for 11 years he served as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Professor Teitelbaum has taught graduate courses on health care law, health care civil rights, public health law, minority health policy, and long-term care law and policy, and an undergraduate survey course on health law. He was the first member of the School of Public Health faculty to receive the University-wide Bender Teaching Award, he has received the School’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and he is a member of the GW Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He has authored or co-authored dozens of articles, book chapters, policy papers, and reports on civil rights issues in health care, insurance law and policy, medical-legal partnership, health reform and its implementation, and behavioral health care quality, and he is co-author of Essentials of Health Policy and Law, Third Edition (2017), published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Among other organizations, Professor Teitelbaum is a member of Delta Omega, the national honor society recognizing excellence in the field of public health; the ASPH/Pfizer Public Health Academy of Distinguished Teachers; and the Society for American Law Teachers.  In 2016, during President Obama’s second term, Professor Teitelbaum was named to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (i.e., Healthy People 2030). He also serves as Special Advisor to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Veterans’ Legal Services and as a member of the Board of Advisors of PREPARE, a national advanced care planning organization.

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