USC Price School of Public Policy


Trish, Goldman examine Walmart, CVS, efforts to purchase health insurance companies

April 12, 2018

Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Dana Goldman and Erin Trish of the USC Schaeffer Center about Walmart and CVS’ efforts to purchase health insurance companies. Trish and Goldman argue this sort of consolidation can threaten health care markets. “These vertical ‘megadeals’ will certainly disrupt care patterns and lower costs, but no one can know whether the savings will flow to shareholder or patients, and whether their health will improve,” they wrote.

Guiliano discusses the LAX people mover

April 12, 2018

Los Angeles Times quoted Genevieve Giuliano of the USC Price School about the Los Angeles City Council-approved people mover that will connect existing public transportation with LAX terminals.

Goldman analyzes the diabetes crisis in Mexico

April 12, 2018

U.S. News & World Report published commentary by Dana Goldman of the USC Schaeffer Center and a colleague on the escalating diabetes crisis in Mexico, which may be impacted by the removal of  junk food labels following North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations. Goldman, who also worked with Bryan Tysinger on analyzing the data, found that if Mexico can advocate for lifestyle changes among its populace, it is possible to reduce the onset of the disease. “While it’s wonderful to minimize trade barriers for U.S. foods and beverages, the long-term costs may be more than we want to bear. Cautionary labels are cheap, diabetes is anything but. Consider this a warning,” Goldman wrote.

Gioia mentioned for winning the Poets’ Prize

April 10, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle mentioned Dana Gioia, California Poet Laureate and Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC, won the Poets’ Prize for his latest collection.

Melnick on CA pharmaceutical pricing bill

April 10, 2018

Los Angeles Times quoted Glenn Melnick of the USC Schaeffer Center about a California bill that will allow the state to set pharmaceutical prices.

Research from Van Nuys, Joyce, Goldman shows how many patients overpay for prescriptions

April 10, 2018

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV featured research by Karen Van Nuys, Geoffrey Joyce, Dana Goldman and colleagues at the USC Schaeffer Center on how many patients overpay for prescription medications with their copays. According to the researchers, customers would be better off paying cash 23 percent of the time. “Clearly, this is going on (at a) much higher frequency than most people imagine,” said Geoffrey Joyce of the USC Schaeffer Center to The Detroit News.

Sood’s research on high deductibles, financial security cited

April 7, 2018

KPCC-FM featured research by Neeraj Sood and colleagues from the USC Schaeffer Center on how many families are opting for high deductible health plans, but this produces financial insecurity. “The most vulnerable populations are the ones who are going to face the highest risk,” Sood said. He says this is due to high deductible health plans often being the most affordable options to fit into a family’s monthly budget.

USC Price EML alum named to LA Board of Public Works, focuses on career pathways for youth

April 3, 2018

Aura Garcia wasn’t looking to make a career change, but when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called she couldn’t turn down the opportunity to represent her northeast San Fernando Valley community and her Guatemalan/Latino heritage. Garcia, a graduate from the USC Price School of Public Policy’s Executive Master of Leadership program, accepted an appointment by Mayor Garcetti in February to be one of a five-member, full-time executive team that comprises the Board of Public Works for the City of L.A.

First annual political institutions, economy conference highlights cross-disciplinary collaboration

April 3, 2018

With the goal of fostering cross-disciplinary synergies among political economy scholars and fill the need for a regular meeting place, the USC PIPE Collaborative hosted the First Annual Political Institutions and Political Economy Conference on March 15-16, convening major U.S. scholars from political science, economics, and law to cover important new research on topics such as the unilateral presidency, Congressional committees, city policies, electoral rules, political leadership, and partisanship.

In Memoriam: Bonnie Reiss; The Bonnie Reiss Scholarship

April 3, 2018

A Message from Dean Jack Knott Dear Price Community, It is with the deepest sadness that I write to let you know of the passing of Bonnie Reiss, Director for the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, after a heroic battle with cancer. For those who had the privilege to know Bonnie, it comes as no surprise that she met her challenge with courage, forthrightness, and heart. Bonnie had a special, inclusive nature, […]

Green on CA’s housing crisis

April 3, 2018

U.S. News & World Report quoted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center about California’s ongoing housing crisis.

Is the cemetery dead? Sloane examines new trends in ‘planning for death’

April 2, 2018

Death is a topic many people shy away from — but not USC Price School of Public Policy Professor David Sloane, who has made a deep study of the subject. Inspired by his forthcoming book Is the Cemetery Dead?, Sloane was the featured speaker for the March 12 USC Price Conversation in New York, giving a poignant, personal talk that encompassed changing American attitudes about cremation to how to support friends who are grieving.