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Stan Dorn

Stan Dorn



Senior Fellow


"We were astonished to find that 86 percent of the uninsured file federal income tax returns, including 75 percent of the uninsured with incomes below poverty. I’m optimistic that the IRS can devise a workable approach through which the uninsured can seek health coverage subsidies when they file tax returns, and provide the information needed to determine their eligibility."

For more than 25 years, Dorn has worked at the state and national levels on low-income health care issues. Before joining the Urban Institute, Dorn was a senior policy analyst at the Economic and Social Research Institute; health division director at the Children's Defense Fund; director of the Health Consumer Alliance, a consortium of county-based consumer assistance groups in California; and managing attorney at the National Health Law Program’s Washington office. He is now focused on national and state implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including strategies to enroll the eligible uninsured into subsidized health coverage; the Affordable Care Act's Basic Health Program option; and methods for states to leverage their purchasing power to reform health care delivery and payment to slow cost growth while improving quality of care.

J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley
A.B., Philosophy, Harvard College
1995-98: Health Division Director at the Children’s Defense Fund
1993-95: Managing Attorney at the National Health Law Program’s Washington Office

Areas of expertise

Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and health coverage programs for laid-off workers.

Selected Publications from Stan Dorn

  • Implementing National Health Reform: A Five-Part Strategy for Reaching the Eligible Uninsured
  • State Implementation of National Health Reform: Harnessing Federal Resources to Meet State Policy Goals
  • The Secrets of Massachusetts' Success: Why 97 Percent of State Residents Have Health Coverage
  • Publications by topic:
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