Congress is considering health care reform legislation that, as it stands now, could result in millions of children facing higher costs for fewer health care benefits, according to the Children's Defense Fund and other advocacy groups. Changes are needed to make it easier for children to enroll in comprehensive and affordable health coverage.
A news conference on Tuesday, September 1, will urge Congress to ensure changes are made to legislation that guarantees the needs of children are met. Scheduled speakers include:
- State Representative Ellen Cohen
- Lan Bentsen, chairman, Children"s Defense Fund-Texas Advisory Board; Member, Greater Houston Partnership
- Dr. Bob Sanborn, president and CEO, Children at Risk
- Dr. Vivian Ho, James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics and author of the 2009 Baker Institute report "The Economic Impact of Uninsured Children on America"
- Dr. Laura Guerra-Cardus, interim director/policy director, Children"s Defense Fund-Texas
- Anne Dunkelberg, associate director, Center for Public Policy Priorities
- Maureen Haver, Houston director, Texans Together
- R. King Hillier, vice president, Public Policy & Government Relations, Harris County Hospital District
- Parents of uninsured children
News media interested in attending the event should contact Franz Brotzen of Rice Media Relations at 713-348-6775 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaker Vivian Ho
Vivian Ho, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, a professor in the Department of Economics at Rice University and a professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Ho’s research examines the effects of economic incentives and regulations on the quality …
Vivian Ho, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, a professor in the Department of Economics at Rice University and a professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Ho’s research examines the effects of economic incentives and regulations on the quality and costs of health care. Her research is widely published in economics, medical and health services research journals. Ho’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the American Cancer Society.
Ho has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Statistics, as well as on the NIH Health Services, Outcomes and Delivery study section. She is also a founding board member of the American Society for Health Economists. Ho received her A.B. in economics from Harvard University, a graduate diploma in economics from The Australian National University and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.