Vice President and Coordinator for Health Policy



Emily Gee

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Emily R. Gee is the vice president and coordinator for Health Policy at American Progress.

In her role, she leads policy development and advocates for reforms to expand coverage, improve care, strengthen public health, and advance health equity. Her areas of expertise include health coverage and affordability, health care financing, the Affordable Care Act, and pandemic response. She has been quoted and her work has been cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, Forbes, Vox, and other publications.

Prior to joining American Progress, Gee was an economist in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and worked on implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She also served as an economist on the staff of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama White House, tracking health care coverage and reviewing regulation related to provider payments, prescription drugs, and insurance.

Gee earned her Ph.D. in economics from Boston University, where she researched health insurance markets and taught health economics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College.

Latest by Emily Gee

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Health Care Workers as a Condition for Medicare and Medicaid Participation Article
A nurse manager in Washington, D.C., fills a syringe with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during a walk-up clinic at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on May 6, 2021. (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Health Care Workers as a Condition for Medicare and Medicaid Participation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, as this action would protect vulnerable patients, set a positive example for other employers, and contribute to the national effort to contain the virus.

Jill Rosenthal, Emily Gee, Maura Calsyn

4 Myths About the Public Option Article
President-elect Joe Biden waves after addressing the media about the Trump administration's lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act on November 10, 2020. (Getty/Joe Raedle)

4 Myths About the Public Option

Although opposed by some firms in the health care industry, a public option would bring down families' health care costs and improve the quality of coverage—even for people who remain in private insurance.

Nicole Rapfogel, Emily Gee

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