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Lunchtime Seminar with Heide Castaneda & Jessica Mulligan

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Storrs Campus
Dodd 162

Global Health & Human Rights lunchtime seminar with Heide Castaneda (University of South Florida) & Jessica Mulligan (Providence College).

“Unequal Coverage: The Experience of Health Care Reform in the United States”

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 12:30p.m. - 2:00p.m., Room 162 Thomas J Dodd Center, Storrs Campus

Please joins us for a lunchtime seminar with Heide Castaneda and Jessica Mulligan entitled: "Unequal Coverage: The Experience of Health Care Reform in the United States"

This event explores the everyday experiences of individuals across the United States as they attempted to access coverage and care in the years following the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA extended social protections to some groups previously excluded from health insurance, but its design and controversy plagued implementation also created new forms of exclusion. Rather than transform health care into a universal right, access to affordable coverage options were highly segmented by state of residence, income, and citizenship status. In the years since its enactment, some 20 million uninsured Americans gained access to insurance coverage. And yet, the law has remained unpopular and politically vulnerable. This seminar explores lessons learned from the contentious implementation of the ACA and reveals how the law became a flashpoint for battles over inequality, fairness, and the role of government.

Heide Castañeda, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. Her research areas include political and legal anthropology, medical anthropology, migrant health and citizenship, focusing on the United States, Mexico, and Germany. She is co-editor of Unequal Coverage: The Experience of Health Care Reform in the United States (NYU Press, 2017) and author of two forthcoming books, United Home, Divided Lives: Mixed-Status Families in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands (Stanford University Press) and Migrant Health: Cross-Disciplinary and Critical Perspectives (Routledge).

Jessica Mulligan is associate professor of health policy and management at Providence College where she teaches courses in public health, health policy, and medical anthropology. Her current resear ch explores insurance, financial security, and health reform from the perspective of the newly insured and those who continue to lack coverage. She is co-editor of Unequal Coverage: The Experience of Health Care Reform in the United States (NYU Press, 2018). She is the author of Unmanageable Care: An Ethnography of Health Care Privatization in Puerto Rico (NYU Press, 2014).

This event is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Institute, the research program on Global Health & Human Rights of the HRI, and the Ethnographic Research Colloquium of the Department of Anthropology.

Contact:

Lyndsay.Nalbandian@uconn.edu

Human Rights Institute (primary), Anthropology Department, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Together, UConn Master Calendar

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