Benjamin Sommers, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of health policy and economics at the Harvard School of Public Health, and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a health economist and primary care physician whose main research interests are health policy for vulnerable populations and the health care safety net. He has received numerous awards including the Health Services Research Impact Award and the Article-of-the-Year Award from AcademyHealth, and the Outstanding Junior Investigator Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2019. In 2011-2012, he served as a senior adviser in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His research has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Health Economics, and Health Affairs, and covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

Dr. Sommers was a committee Member for the 2018 Annual Research Meeting.

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More than 1 Million Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders Have Gained Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act

Results from a recent study provide important evidence of population-level changes in coverage disparities under the ACA. Granular, disaggregated estimates like these can facilitate efforts to address health disparities for specific subgroups.