Bio

Adrianna will join the faculty of the department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in July 2021. 

Adrianna McIntyre will graduate with a PhD from the political analysis track of Harvard University's interdisciplinary health policy program in May 2021. Her research interests are varied and include the politics of health reform, determinants of (and barriers to) take up of subsidized health insurance, and program evaluation for health policy.

Her dissertation spans these broad interests:

  • Paper 1 examines how preferences among three discrete approaches to reforming health insurance in the U.S. relate to political values and attitudes, as well as perceptions about and individual experiences with the health care system. A version of this paper has been published in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law. 
  • Paper 2 (abstract available here) uses an administrative data set on nongroup insurance enrollment in Massachusetts and leverages plausibly exogenous market changes to evaluate how introducing small (< $10) after-subsidy premiums in 2017 affected retention among individuals enrolled in previously zero-premium plans. I document considerable attrition after the premiums are introduced and offer evidence that premiums in this context are best understood as administrative—not financial—barriers to coverage.
  • Paper 3 uses the same data set to evaluate take-up of individual market insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic, comparing enrollees using special enrollment periods (SEPs) during the pandemic to SEP enrollees in prior years. 

Adrianna graduated in 2015 with a Master in Public Health and Master in Public Policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; she also holds a BS in cognitive science from the university. She was named a 2013 David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Fellow and spent the summer of 2013 serving her fellowship at the Office of the Mayor in Detroit, Michigan. She was also a member of the inaugural cohort of Dow Sustainability Fellows. From June 2015 to June 2016, she was a David A. Winston Health Policy Fellow in Washington, DC.

Throughout her graduate studies, Adrianna has written about health policy for a variety of outlets, including The Incidental Economist (where she is managing editor), Vox (where she interned during the summer of 2014), and Democracy: A Journal of Ideas.