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U of M experts available to discuss the impact of the Supreme Court's health reform ruling

June 21, 2012

University of Minnesota experts in constitutional law, politics, health and policy are available to discuss various aspects the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

Contacts: Laurel Herold, Academic Health Center,, (612) 624-2449
Matt DePoint, Academic Health Center,, (612) 625-4110

Jean Abraham, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy & Management

A 2008-2009 senior economist on health issues with the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, health economics and national health reform expert, Abraham studies access and cost issues related to employer-based health insurance for workers and families. Her current research interests include household decision-making with respect to employer-based health insurance, welfare analysis of health care choice, and employer health benefit design. Abraham is also well versed in various national health reform initiatives.

To see a video of Abraham discussing the Affordable Care Act click here.

Lynn Blewett, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy & Management

Blewett is principal investigator of the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), which supports state efforts to monitor and evaluate programs to increase health insurance coverage, and the use of data to inform health policy.

To see a video of Blewett discussing the Affordable Care Act click here.

Mary Chesney, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.P
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Chesney serves on several nursing boards along with a health care quality transformation think-tank and is an expert in Minnesota healthcare. She teaches public policy, nursing and health care leadership, pediatric primary care, care of children and youth with special health care needs, APRN roles and issues.

Aaron Friedman, M.D.
Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean, University of Minnesota Medical School

An accomplished researcher and clinician, Friedman was appointed vice president for health sciences and dean of the Medical School in January 2011. In his role he is directly involved with all medical and health education initiatives across the University of Minnesota’s health sciences programs. He is also directly involved in the University’s clinical and medical training efforts.

Mac Baird, M.D.
Professor, Medical School, Family Medicine and Community Health

Baird is the head of the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and an expert in the integration of behavioral medicine into primary care, population-based health and family therapy.

Kathleen T. Call, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Public Health, Health Policy & Management

An investigator at SHADAC, Call researchers the access to health insurance coverage and health care services among vulnerable populations such as low-income, young, elderly, racial and ethnic communities.

Ira S. Moscovice, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Public Health, Division Head: Health Policy & Management

As the director of the Rural Health Research Center, Moscovice has research interests in rural health care and the impact of health policy on disadvantaged populations.

Contacts: Patty Mattern, University News Service,, (612) 624-2801
Matt Hodson, University News Service,, (612) 625-0552

Amy B. Monahan, J.D.
Associate Professor, Law School, Opperman Research Fellow

Monahan’s current research interests include employer-provided health care, health insurance regulation and both public and private retirement plans.

Timothy Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts, Political Science

Johnson's research and teaching interests include American Politics, judicial politics, Supreme Court decision-making, Supreme Court oral arguments, executive/judiciary relations and the evolution of the norm of respecting precedent.

Stephen Parente, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.
Professor, Carlson School of Management, Director: Medical Industry Leadership Institute

The Minnesota Insurance Industry Chair of Health Finance, Parente can speak about how this decision will impact the immediate and long-term levels of health care costs and insurance coverage.

Dale Carpenter, J.D.
Professor, Law School, Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law

Carpenter can speak about the constitutional issues surrounding the case. He teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, the First Amendment and sexual orientation and the law. 

Daniel Schwarcz, J.D.
Associate Professor, Law School

Schwarcz’s research focuses on consumer protection and regulation in property/casualty and health insurance markets. He teaches insurance law, health care regulation and finance, contract law and commercial law.

Lawrence R. Jacobs, Ph.D.
Professor, Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance in the Hubert H. Humphrey School and the Department of Political Science

Jacobs’ research examines political representation – the nature and formation of public opinion, whether and how government responds to the public’s policy preferences and other evaluations, and the adaptation of government policy to the changing conditions and circumstances facing Americans. Among other topics, he has investigated policy making by American presidents and the impacts of institutional and political forces on their decisions; and the formulation and development of health care policy in the United States and other countries.

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