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Alan Weil


Alan Weil became the new Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs in June 2014.  Health Affairs the nation’s leading peer-reviewed journal focused on the intersection of health, health care and health policy in the United States and internationally. They aim to serve as a high-level, non-partisan forum to promote analysis and discussion on improving health and health care, and to address issues such as cost, quality, and access.

Before coming to Health Affairs, Alan Weil was the executive director of the National Academy for State Policy (NASHP), a non-partisan, non-profit organization with a mission of helping states achieve excellence in health policy and practice.  NASHP conducts policy analysis, convenes meetings, and provides technical assistance to state officials in the executive and legislative branches.

Mr. Weil was also the previous director of the Assessing the New Federalism (ANF) project at the Urban Institute.  One of the largest privately funded social policy research projects ever undertaken in the United States, ANF monitors, describes and assesses the effects of changes in federal and state health, welfare, and social services programs. Mr. Weil was formerly the executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.  This cabinet position is responsible for Colorado’s Medicaid and Medically Indigent programs, health data collection and analysis functions, health policy development, and health care reform.

Mr. Weil is the editor, with colleagues, of two books: “Welfare Reform: The Next Act and Federalism” and “Health Policy.”  He has authored chapters in a number of books and published articles in a broad range of peer-reviewed journals.  He is a frequent speaker on health reform, Medicaid, and federalism.  He has testified before Congress more than half a dozen times.

Mr. Weil was an appointed member of President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry, which drafted the patient’s bill of rights.  He is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Health Care Services, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, and the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performing Health System.

Mr. Weil received his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of California at Berkeley.  He holds a master of public policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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