About 1,000 health economists attended the 6th biennial meeting of the American Society for Health Economists (ASHEcon) in Philadelphia this June. ASHEcon is the premier health economics conference in the U.S., and this year’s meeting was hosted by the University of Pennsylvania and Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.
William & Mary research on health economics and health policy was featured in two conference entries. Economics professor Jennifer Mellor presented a research paper on “welcome mat effects” co-authored with Melissa McInerney (Tufts) and Lindsay Sabik (Pittsburgh). In addition, a new study by economics professor Peter McHenry and Mellor was featured in a well-attended poster session. Both studies were funded by the Schroeder Center for Health Policy at the College of William & Mary.McInerney presented another paper, supported by William & Mary’s Schroeder Center, at the health economics interest group meeting at the AcademyHealth’s annual research conference in Boston. The paper entitled “The Effects of State Medicaid Expansions for Working-Age Adults on Senior Medicare Beneficiaries” was included in a panel focusing on evaluating the effects of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansions and physician fees.