Affordable Care Act experts

Oct. 2, 2013

These experts are available to comment on the Affordable Care Act.



Maura George, MD

Maura George, MDDr. George is an assistant professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and cares for patients at Grady Memorial Hospital.  Dr. George has always felt a calling to work for the under-served, and has harmony between this goal and her love for teaching at Grady.  In her faculty position in Internal Medicine she finds satisfaction in addressing both the medical and social reasons for her patients' medical problems and teaching medical students and residents to do the same.  Her interests are medical ethics, health care disparities, and patient advocacy.  Dr. George helped develop the Social Medicine program which teaches medical students and residents about the social determinants of health, patient advocacy, global health, and cultural competency. 

"The ACA is a step in the right direction towards a more effective and functional healthcare system in the United States.  The law seeks to increase access to care by assisting Americans in affording quality health insurance.  I believe where it has state-wide support and is implemented to its fullest potential, the ACA will improve the health and well-being of millions of Americans. We physicians tend to focus on the diagnosis and treatment plans that we spent so many years mastering, but to truly effect change in the health of our patients, it's equally important to address their social  needs.  If I prescribe the perfect list of medications, but my patient doesn't understand how to take them or can't afford to fill them, I haven't helped at all.  In meeting patients where they are, and realizing their lives are complicated by more than just their medical problems, we can improve their health and the health of the community."

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David Howard, PhD



David Howard, PhD - Expert in health care policy, public healthDavid Howard, PhD, is a faculty member in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. A health economist by training, Howard’s research employs economics and statistics to better understand physician decision-making and its implications for public policy. Howard has been an advisor or consultant to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, MEDPAC, The Institute of Medicine, American Cancer Society, and Department of Health and Human Services.

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Ruth Parker, MD



Ruth Parker, MD - health literacy expertDr. Ruth Parker is Professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. She is also Associate Director of the Faculty Development program in the Division of General Medicine, and holds a secondary appointment at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Parker has focused extensively on healthcare issues of underserved populations, particularly health literacy. She helped create a widely used measurement tool to quantify patients’ ability to read and understand health information. Dr. Parker currently serves as consultant and advisor to numerous federal agencies, professional societies, and members of industry on their initiatives related to health literacy. 

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Ken Thorpe, PhD



Ken Thorpe, PhD - expert in health care reformKen Thorpe is Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. He also serves as the executive director of Emory’s Institute of Advanced Policy Solutions (IAPS) and director of the Institute’s Center for Entitlement Reform. He is a frequent national presenter and media resource on issues of health care financing, insurance, obesity’s affect on health care costs, and health care reform.

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Melva Robertson
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