Rachel Dolan is the Special Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief at Health Affairs.


Prior to joining Health Affairs, Rachel worked at Families USA to streamline enrollment processes and improve in-person assistance for health care consumers. Previously, she spent four years at the National Academy for State Health Policy working with states on health reform implementation.


Rachel earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a Master’s in Public Policy from the McCourt School at Georgetown University.


Recent Posts by Rachel Dolan

From The Archives: Prices And Consumer Shopping

Higher deductibles and cost sharing are often touted as ways to help consumers be better shoppers. But what does the research say about the ability to truly shop for health care services? Here’s what we know based on research published in the pages of Health Affairs.

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The Demise of the Part B Demo: Doom For Value-Based Payment?

Despite widespread, bipartisan agreement that we should be paying for value, even with respect to drugs, the uproar over Part B shows there remains strong resistance to specific policies that attempt to move towards that goal.

Not Your Typical Health Conference: Takeaways From Spotlight Health

For the second year, a small Health Affairs team attended Spotlight Health in beautiful Aspen, Colorado. The topics (opioids, planetary health, healthy eating, etc.) were beyond typical. Here are 7 takeaways.

From The Archives: Pharmaceutical Pricing

Welcome to “From the Archives,” a Health Affairs Blog series, where we take a timely topic and delve into the literature and history, from a Health Affairs angle, of course. Harvoni, Sovaldi, Repatha, Daraprim. Four drugs that have made news for how much they cost patients and insurers. But...

From The Archives: Deductibles And Out-Of-Pocket Costs

Welcome to “From the Archives,” a new Health Affairs Blog series, where we take a timely topic and delve into the literature and history, from a Health Affairs angle, of course. We recently published a Web First with results from a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) survey of employers, showing...

Seven Big Ideas From Spotlight Health

A few of us from Health Affairs were lucky enough to attend Spotlight Health at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Here are just seven of the ideas that surprised us, impressed us, and even made us reexamine what we thought we already knew.

Medicaid Private Option For All?

The Medicaid “private option” pioneered by Arkansas continues to dominate the headlines. One idea is to make use of “1332 waivers” to expand the private option, where Medicaid provides premium support for certain enrollees to purchase commercial insurance on the marketplace, to cover all or...