Unpacking the Initiatives: Medicaid Expansion

Unpacking the Initiatives: Medicaid Expansion

Coming Soon! 02 Oct 2018
    260 Central Campus Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84112
    07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
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    This November, Utahns will have the opportunity to voice their opinion on an unprecedented number of ballot initiatives. Proposition 3, the Utah Decides Healthcare Act, would expand Medicaid to the full extent allowed under the Affordable Care Act, giving access to healthcare to tens of thousands of Utahns.

    The ABU Education Fund, John R. Park Debate Society, and Scholars Strategy Network have partnered together to present a series of panels on the three propositions appearing on the November ballot. Join us for a discussion on the policy behind each of these issues before you cast your vote!

    Doors open at 6:45 pm. Panel begins promptly at 7:00 pm.


    • Colleen Grogan

    University of Chicago

    Professor of Social Service Administration


    Colleen M. Grogan is a Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Her areas of research interest include health policy, health politics, participatory processes and the American welfare state. She has written several book chapters and articles on the political evolution and current politics of the US Medicaid program. She co-authored a book with Michael Gusmano titled Healthy Voices/Unhealthy Silence: Advocacy and Health Policy for the Poor (2007), which explores efforts to include representatives of the poor and disadvantaged in health policy decision-making.


    Grogan is currently working on a book titled America’s Hidden Health Care State, which examines and exposes the historic evolution of public health care spending through private entities in the U.S. health care system. Another project underway focuses on the potential of nonprofit organizations operating in vulnerable communities to address problems of political inequality, and to better represent the poor in health policy decision-making. She is Editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. Special and themed issues from 2011 include: Critical Essays on Health Care Reform (36.3 June), and Affordable Health Insurance: What’s Fair and Who Decides? (36.5 October). Grogan is also the Academic Director of the Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy (GPHAP) and the Co-Director of the Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

    Colleen Grogan
    • Phillip Singer

    University of Utah

    Instructor, Political Science Department


    Phillip Singer’s research focuses on Medicaid, comparative health policies, and health politics. He has researched, published, and presented extensively on political communications, waivers, mental health and substance abuse, the Affordable Care Act, and health workforce. He has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, JAMA, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and the American Journal of Public Health, amongst others.

    Phillip Singer
    • Norman Waitzman

    University of Utah

    Co-Director, Health Society and Policy Program
    Adjunct Professor, Family And Preventive Medicine
    Professor, Economics Department


    Norman J. Waitzman is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Utah. He is a health economist with research concentrations in the areas of the societal burden of illness and the socioeconomic determinants of health. In the former area, he was the primary author of the most comprehensive study to date on the societal cost of birth defects. He has authored or coauthored several articles evaluating screening programs and other public health interventions, including the proposed U.S. Food and Drug Administration rule to supplement grains with folate in the late 1990s to prevent birth defects. Part of this research has also been devoted to the methodological problems encountered in estimates of the societal burden of illness and in the evaluation of interventions to reduce that burden. In his area of expertise on the socioeconomic determinants of health, Dr. Waitzman has written several articles on the effects of socioeconomic characteristics of areas, independent of individual sociodemographic characteristics, on individual health and mortality.

    Norman Waitzman
    • RyLee Curtis

    Utah Decides Healthcare

    Campaign Manager


    RyLee Curtis is a Utah native. She graduated with a dual degree in Communications and Political Science from the University of Utah, where she also received her Master’s degree in Public Policy.

    RyLee Curtis