The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) has announced the election of Distinguished Professor Kosali Simon of the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs as a member to recognize her contributions to health economics and policy scholarship.
Simon is one of 51 scholars announced by NASI as the Class of 2023. NASI is a national nonprofit founded in 1986 to address national challenges by providing unbiased research-evidence-based input to policy solutions, and helping the public understand the vital role of social insurance programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
“We welcome our 2023 Members at a pivotal time for social insurance policy. We will count on our newest Members to contribute their expertise in building a more robust social insurance policy ecosystem that supports economic security opportunities for all and to collaborate with current Academy Members in pursuit of the same,” said NASI Chief Executive Officer William Arnone.
The NASI membership is selected each year by current member nominations in recognition of a scholar’s contribution to advancing knowledge in an area of social insurance. Besides serving as distinguished professor, Simon also is a Herman B Wells Endowed Professor at IU, a Paul O’Neill Chair, and the Associate Vice Provost for Health Sciences.
Simon’s research focuses on the impact of state and federal regulations attempting to ease the availability of health insurance and healthcare for vulnerable populations. Simon has authored close to 150 peer-reviewed publications on a range of health policy topics in top economics, policy, and medical journals. Outside IU, she serves as the President-elect of the American Society of Health Economics and Editor of the Journal of Health Economics. Simon was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine in 2021 and recently was appointed to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee to examine the current state of racial and ethnic healthcare disparities in the U.S.
“Kosali’s critical research that aims to reduce inequality in healthcare and health insurance is incredibly important to improving outcomes for underrepresented and vulnerable populations,” said Siân Mooney, dean of the O’Neill School. “She is richly deserving of this honor, and we’re thrilled she will help the O’Neill School shape policy in this important area.”