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Nikola Jakic '16 has been named the 2016 McGowan Fellow for his leadership skills, and dedication to ethics and public service.

Nikola Jakic '16

Society through business

Kellogg’s 2016 McGowan Fellow will focus on ethical, enriching leadership

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The Debate Over Drug Pricing

10/01/15 – NPR
Professor Craig Garthwaite was a guest on The Diane Rehm Show, where he discussed why drugs cost what they do and what can be done to lower prices for consumers.

Insurance CEOs again called before lawmakers

09/29/15 – Marketplace
Quotes Professor Leemore Dafny, who said that pledges from insurers don’t mean much. “It’s competition that we want to ensure that savings are passed through if they are realized,” she said.

When It Comes To Health Insurance Mergers, Bigger Is Not Going To Be Better

09/28/15 – Forbes
Quotes Professor Leemore Dafny, who said that the 1999 merger between Aetna and Prudential “resulted in reduced payments to providers and no evidence that those cost savings were passed on to consumers.”

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Dafny: 'We are paying a premium on our premiums'

09/22/15 – Former deputy director for the Federal Trade Commission appears before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on health insurance industry consolidation

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Jan Eberly

Jan Eberly named co-editor of leading policy publication

09/14/15 – Former chief economist for the U.S. Treasury will be the first woman to helm The Brookings Institution’s flagship economic journal

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How a tax on health plans may lead to higher wages

09/07/15 – Marketplace
Professor Leemore Dafny is quoted discussing impact of the Cadillac Tax, a provision under Obamacare that penalizes health insurance plans that are considered too generous.

Fighting Bad Guys With Health System Consolidation

08/28/15 – Forbes
This article quotes Professor Leemore Dafny on the topic of healthcare consolidation and the merits of affiliations among various health care providers across the continuum of care.

Why drugmakers are suddenly merging

08/20/15 – Marketplace
This article quotes Professor Craig Garthwaite on how we should be questioning whether or not the new model of incorporating startups into the pharmaceutical industry will be more expensive.

Bigger May Be Better for Health Insurers, but Doubts Remain for Consumers

08/02/15 – The New York Times

This article quotes Professor Leemore Dafny on how the consolidation of insurance companies has been shown to have an adverse impact on consumers. Professor Dafny was also quoted on this topic in Modern HealthcareHuman Resource Executive Online, andMemphis Daily News.

Reunion 2015

Kellogg Insight Live: Impact Investing

07/28/15 – Dave Chen '84 and Paul Christensen examine the benefits of impact investing

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Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare. Your Patients Are Getting Healthier

07/28/15 – NPR
This article quotes Professor Craig Gathwaite on how the recession has helped to slow rising health care costs.

The Regulatory Hurdles to Health Insurance Mergers

07/24/15 – The New York Times

This article cites Professor Leemore Dafny’s research on how insurance company mergers typically lead to higher premiums. Professor Dafny was also quoted on this topic in NPR, Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Bloomberg BNA and American Economic Association.

Will health insurance mergers help or hurt consumers?

07/23/15 – Marketplace

This article quotes Professor Leemore Dafny on how premiums historically rise when insurers merge. Professor Dafny was also quoted on this topic in Bloomberg, Reuters, Washington Post, Vox, International Business Times, Modern Healthcare and Insurance Business Magazine.

More competition is supposed to help consumers. That might not true with health insurance

07/06/15 – Washington Post

This article quotes Professor Leemore Dafny on how there is evidence from the past that shows premiums rise when insurers consolidate. Prof. Dafny’s research and thought leadership on this topic was also featured in Marketplace Radio, Huffington Post and Chicago Tribune this week.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's immigration comments

07/03/15 –
Though many Americans believe newcomers to the country are more likely to commit crimes, research suggests the opposite is true. This article in quotes Professor Jörg Spenkuch on how the rate of violent crimes remains essentially unaffected by an increase in immigration.

Who Will Benefit From Health Insurance Mergers? Not You, The Consumer

07/01/15 – Hartford Courant
This article quotes Professor Leemore Dafny on how historically insurance premiums go up after mergers in the health sector.

DOJ Girds for Strict Review of Any Health-Insurer Mergers

06/28/15 – The Wall Street Journal
This article quotes Professor Leemore Dafny on how insurance companies may not pass on to consumers the benefits of any hospital discounts they achieve from health-insurer consolidation.

Anthem confident, but experts see antitrust hurdles to Cigna deal

06/22/15 – Reuters

This article quotes Professor Leemore Dafny on how insurers don’t compete the way they should and premiums are higher than they should be. She says insurance consolidation is unlikely to lead to lower premiums. Professor Dafny’s research and thought leadership on this topic was also published this week in Bloomberg Business (articles one, two and three), The Economist, Marketplace Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Insurance Premiums on ACA Exchanges Could Rise Dramatically Next Year

06/21/15 – Healthline
This article quotes Professor David Dranove on how requests for large increases in health plans by insurers are not surprising.

Nightly Business Report

06/16/15 – CNBC
This segment, beginning at the 7-minute mark, interviews Professor Leemore Dafny on how a possible wave of consolidation in the insurance industry may impact consumers’ pockets. Read the transcript here.

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