This webinar, presented on May 1, 2013, discussed the impact of the Affordable Care Act on poverty and asset building. Presenters included Alan Weil, the Executive Director of the National Academy of State Health Policy; Reid Cramer, Director of Asset Building at the New America Foundation; and David Himmelstein, Professor of Public Health at Harvard University and Hunter College.
- Introductory Slides
- Alan Weil's Slides
- Reid Cramer's Slides
- Dr. David Himmelstein's Slides
- The Affordable Care Act: An Effective Asset-Building Policy, by Karen K. Harris and Alexander I. Hoffman (Clearinghouse Review, March-April 2013)
Dr. Himmelstein graduated from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, completed a medical residency at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Harvard, and practiced primary care internal medicine at the public hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts for 28 years. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 journal articles and three books, including widely-cited studies of medical bankruptcy and the high administrative costs of the U.S. health care system. His 1984 study of patient dumping led to the enactment of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), the law that banned that practice. He co-founded Physicians for a National Health Program, whose 18,000 members advocate for non-profit, single payer national health insurance.
Reid Cramer is director of the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation, which aims to promote policies and ideas that significantly broaden access to economic resources through increased savings and asset ownership, especially among lower-income families. His work has provided analytical support for the development of a range of policy proposals, including the ASPIRE Act, a bipartisan proposal to create a savings account for every newborn child in America, AutoSave, a unique model that automatically diverts payroll into flexible savings accounts, and The Saver’s Bonus, which provides a targeted incentive to contributed to savings products at tax time. He is an author of the Assets Agenda and the Assets Report 2012, which respectively highlight innovative policy proposals and federal policy initiatives related to asset building opportunities. Prior to joining New America, Dr. Cramer served as a policy and budget analyst at the Office of Management and Budget, where he helped coordinate policies on housing, savings, economic development, and program performance evaluation. He has worked for a range of nonprofit housing and community development organizations, the National Research Council, and the Urban Institute. He has a doctorate in public policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a master' degree in city and regional planning from the Pratt Institute and a bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan University.