Swartz is an expert on health policy with a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin; her current research looks at Americans without health insurance and considers how coverage might be expanded. She is currently involved in two projects about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, probing how states can minimize gaps in coverage when people’s income fluctuates, and examining how states are adjusting insurance regulations for plans to be offered on the new health exchanges. Her research also focuses on the aging of the U.S. population, assessing ways to enhance community-based services for home-based care. Swartz served as President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management in 2009, and was the 1991 recipient of that association’s David Kershaw Award for research done before the age of 40 that has had a significant impact on public policy. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2007, and has been a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 1999. Swartz speaks to civic groups interested in expanding health insurance, and has testified before Congressional and state legislative committees.
Makes the case for greater government-led investments in education, physical infrastructure (particularly for transportation and electricity transmission), and alternative energy sources so the U.S. can maintain high levels of productivity in coming decades when more of the population will be 65 years old and older.