Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy, Maine Rural Health Research Center

Federal Health Care Reform: An Overview [Policy Brief]


This policy brief discusses three of the main components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as "Obamacare".  These components are helath insurance coverage, delivery system improvement, and cost containment.  The policy brief highlights some of the provision of the law that have already been implemented and those where importnat implementation decisions will have to be made.  The brief is authored by Dr. Andrew Coburn, PhD, Professor of Public Health and Director of the Population Health and Health Policy program at the USM Muskie School, and was presented at the Maine Policy Leaders Academy Health Care Forum breakfast session, Feb. 26, 2013 at the Senator Inn in Augusta,sponsored by the Maine Health Access Foundation.

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Publication Type: 
Research and Policy Brief
Publish Date: 
February 26, 2013

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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