As part of its Debate 2016 programming, Hofstra University welcomes New York Times Health Business Reporter Reed Abelson to discuss “Your Health: What’s at Stake in the 2016 Election?” on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Abelson will explore the evolution of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) as well as other health policy issues, such as health care costs, mental health, and consumerism, including the role of patient choice and Medicare vouchers.
Abelson has been with The New York Times since 1995 and currently covers the business of health care, focusing on federal health care law, health reform and how financial incentives affect the delivery of medical care. She was a co-recipient of the 2012 Front Page Award from The Newswomen’s Club of New York for her collaborative series on a for-profit hospital chain backed by private equity and the tension between delivering profits to investors and offering high-quality care for patients. She was integral in the 2008 “Evidence Gap” series of stories, in which The New York Times explored the use of popular medical treatments with scant evidence of their effectiveness, and was also part of “Health Plans,” a series of stories that reported on the myriad failings in the nation’s health care system in 2008. Abelson was among a team of reporters who were the 2004 finalists for a Gerald Loeb Award for the series, “Fixing Medicare.”
Abelson will lead this interactive session, including a Q&A, at the Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center, from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. The event — sponsored by the Master of Public Health Program and the Master of Health Administration Program in the School of Health Professions and Human Services — is free and open to the public with registration. For more information, please email Dr. Corinne Kyriacou.