GW Experts Available To Discuss the Affordable Care Act: Progress and Pitfalls on the Road Ahead

WASHINGTON (August 28, 2013)—The federal government and individual states are currently hard at work on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the October launch of the federal health insurance marketplace.  Experts at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) are available to comment on the progress and pitfalls on the road ahead as the nation puts in place the ACA.

Please contact Kathy Fackelmann at or 202-994-8354 to arrange for an interview with one of the experts on the ACA:

Sara Rosenbaum, JD
Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy
Professor Rosenbaum can talk about the ACA and guaranteed access to health insurance—without exclusions for people with pre-existing conditions; no limits on annual or lifetime health expenditures; Medicaid coverage for lower-income people in states that elect to expand the Medicaid program; and children’s health including impact of health reform on children with developmental disabilities.

Leighton Ku, PhD, MPH
Professor of Health Policy
Director of the Center for Health Policy Research
Professor Ku can discuss the ACA’s coverage of preventive services including recommended vaccines and screenings aimed at early detection of diseases like breast or colon cancer; the impact on immigrant health and the provision that allows young adults to stay on their family’s insurance plan. He can also discuss issues related to the Medicaid program and implementation of the new Health Insurance Exchanges including one for Washington, DC.

Joel Teitelbaum, JD, LLM
Associate Professor of Health Policy
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Department of Health Policy
Professor Teitelbaum can discuss medical-legal partnerships and the impact of the ACA on people with disabilities. He has also studied the reform effort and how it can improve the health of ex-offenders and their communities.

Susan Wood, PhD
Associate Professor of Health Policy and of Environmental and Occupational Health
Executive Director of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health
Professor Wood can discuss U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptives and well as other topics related to women’s health. For example, she is a co-author of a report that highlights the health services that should be included in the state-based insurance exchanges in order to keep women healthy.

Katie Horton, RN, MPH, JD
Research Professor of Health Policy
Professor Horton can discuss the ACA and the impact for people living with cancer, asthma and services or programs that might prevent these chronic, costly diseases. She also has expertise on health reform and the impact on mental health and addiction counseling.

Taylor Burke, JD, LLM
Associate Professor of Health Policy
Professor Burke is an expert on the ACA and its implementation. He can discuss the national insurance market reforms, state and federal insurance exchanges and the impact of the ACA on small and large businesses.

Jane Hyatt Thorpe, JD
Associate Professor of Health Policy
Professor Thorpe specializes in healthcare law and policy in the areas of Medicare, Medicaid, health care delivery systems, health information exchange and technology and corporate compliance. She can discuss the impact of the ACA on healthcare quality, delivery and payment models.


About the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services: Established in July 1997, the School of Public Health and Health Services brought together three longstanding university programs in the schools of medicine, business, and education and is now the only school of public health in the nation’s capital. Today, more than 1,100 students from nearly every U.S. state and more than 40 nations pursue undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral-level degrees in public health.  The school now offers an online Master of Public Health, MPH@GW, which allows students to pursue their degree from anywhere in the world.