Kaitlyn Kenney Walsh

2006 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2006
Kaitlyn Kenney Graduate Degree: Northeastern University, PhD program in American Public Policy
Undergraduate Degree: Providence College
Areas of interest: Health care, particularly affordable health care access
Agency: Office of State Senator Richard T. Moore, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Finance
Supervisor: Brian Cournoyer, Legislative Aide
Project Description: During her fellowship, Kaitlyn worked in the office of Senator Richard Moore, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. Her primary responsibility was to conduct a detailed examination of the recently passed health care reform bill. She conducted a meta-analysis of the various criticisms and concerns associated with the bill that have been published in scholarly journals and in popular press, and waged by numerous stakeholders, advocates, research organizations and think tanks. Ultimately, her final project considers the legitimacy of these concerns and provides recommendations, where appropriate, as to how revisions or amendments to the bill might be necessary to improve the efficacy of the law and/or to ensure the law is implemented according to original legislative intent. In addition to the above project, she was able to contribute to a Powerpoint presentation that provides an overview of the policy process that preceded passage of the health care reform bill and details the structure and impact of Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006. Finally, she was able to assist the Senator and his staff with legislative summaries of relevant health care bills during the busy end of formal session season.