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Baruch College Faculty Available to Comment on Today’s Expected CBO Report on Pending Health Care Legislation

New York, NY, March 18, 2010 – The Congressional Budget Office is expected to announce today that its analysis of the pending health care reform legislation indicates significant deficit reduction over the next ten years—more than $100 billion worth. How would savings on such a scale be realized? What would be the immediate impact on the public? Will the average consumer see his or her own health care costs rise if the legislation passes?

Baruch College, a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY), has health economics experts available for comment on various aspects of today’s important news concerning health care reform:

Cost Analysis

Dahlia Remler is Associate Professor at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs and the Department of Economics, CUNY Graduate Center. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research interests include health care cost-containment, health savings accounts, cost-sharing, medical care price indexes, managed care, health care and insurance markets, cigarette tax regressivity, health care information technology and higher education policy. Before joining the faculty at Baruch College, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Professor Remler holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and has been a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, a dissertation fellow at the Brookings Institution and a post-doctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.

Health Care Policy and Abortion Restrictions

Ted Joyce is an expert on the economics of health and health care policy. He is the Director of the Baruch College/Mt. Sinai Program in Health Care Administration. He has published widely on the contentious issue of abortion which has been a major stumbling block for some legislators otherwise prepared to support the Administration’s Health Care Reform Act. Professor Joyce has spent more than a decade studying the impact of restrictions on abortion as these affect reproductive outcomes. How will the current bill impact abortion rights, including cost and easy availability of the procedure? Which segments of the population are most likely to experience hardship if federal legislation does not cover abortion? What are the economic and social costs of limiting the availability of the procedure? Joyce’s expertise covers a wide range of issues related to maternal and infant health. His research has been published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) and is supported by grants from the National Institute of Health, the Robert Johnson Foundation and the NSF. For more about his work and expertise visit: and

Health Care Assessments and Consumer-Driven Plans

Dr. Shoshanna Sofaer, the Robert P. Luciano Professor of Health Care Policy, has an extensive background in the analysis of health care reform policies. She served as a Working Group chair on the Clinton White House Health Care Reform Task Force, and on the Institute of Medicine's multi-year Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance; she led the subcommittee that drafted the final report of this committee, which included principles for achieving universal coverage. Dr. Sofaer's research has addressed the Medicare program, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, aspects of Medicaid, and consumer-driven health plans. She is particularly knowledgeable about how best to communicate to the public about health care coverage options and health care quality. Her work has also touched on methods to improve the training of primary care physicians and to increase the ability of all health professionals, but especially nurses, to care for older adults, a growing segment of our population. She recently testified to the Institute of Medicine's Committee to Study the Future of Nursing, reporting on her research on how the public might respond to expansion of the roles and responsibilities of RNs and advanced practice nurses.

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