Katherine Swartz

Katherine Swartz

Professor of Health Economics and Policy, Harvard School of Public Health
Katherine  Swartz
Professor Swartz's current research interests focus on efforts to finance and increase access to health insurance coverage; reasons for and ways to control episodes of care that involve extremely high expenditures; and policy issues related to the aging of the population, particularly retirement savings for health care and housing options for people who want to age in place.

She is the author of Reinsuring Health: Why More Middle-Class People Are Uninsured and What Government Can Do (published by the Russell Sage Foundation, June 2006). The book describes who does not have insurance today and why the middle-class are more likely to be uninsured today than 25 years ago, how insurance companies compete and why people have trouble obtaining health insurance, and why government-sponsored reinsurance for people with very-high expenditures would make small group and individual insurance more accessible and affordable for many of the uninsured. Her proposal about reinsurance is being discussed in a number of states as part of packages of policies they are considering to expand health insurance coverage.

Prof. Swartz was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2007. She was the 1991 recipient of the David Kershaw Award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management for research done before the age of 40 that has had a significant impact on public policy.

Prof. Swartz is the current President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Between November 1995 and June 2007, Prof. Swartz was the editor of Inquiry, a journal that focuses on health care organization, provision and financing. Since 2005, she has been the Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at Harvard University.

Prof. Swartz was a Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. for ten years before joining the HSPH faculty. From September 2000 through June 2001, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York.

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