Areas of Expertise:
health care | health care costs | health care reform | health insurance | government health care
Gerald Kominski is a senior fellow in the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor of health policy and management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Kominski is an expert on the financial impact of alternative approaches to health care, the Affordable Care Act and health care reform. His research focuses on evaluating the costs and cost-effectiveness of medical programs and technologies, with a particular emphasis on Medicare, Medicaid (Medi-Cal) and worker’s compensation. His other research interests include improving access and health outcomes among ethnic and vulnerable populations.
Kominski also serves as an associate director of the California Medicaid Research Institute (CaMRI) and represents UCLA in this multi-campus collaborative effort. He also recently co-authored a study on the “individual mandate” — the requirement specified in the health care reform that all Americans purchase some type of health insurance coverage. The study revealed that without this mandate up to one million or more Californians will go without health insurance. Kominski helped developed a computer model that predicted how many people would be eligible for and how many would enroll for health coverage on the state health exchange given various price structures.