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Alison Amidei Galbraith, M.D.


The goal of my work is to identify effective strategies for families to obtain and use health insurance coverage so they can access needed care without incurring financially burdensome costs. My research examines the impact of health insurance design on decision making, health care, and health outcomes for children and families. Most recently, this has focused on high-deductible health insurance plans and health insurance exchange plans with the goal of informing policy making with rigorous evidence.

For my teaching activities, I have been a tutorial leader in the Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health course for Harvard Medical Students. My other teaching activities include precepting medical students and pediatric residents from the Boston Combined Residency Program in the Primary Care Clinic at Children’s Hospital Boston, where I also provide direct patient care in the urgent care clinic once a week.

Available: 04/05/22, Expires: 06/01/23

Faculty from the Department of Population Medicine are collaborating with health plan leaders in Clinical Innovation at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (now known as Point32Health) to design and pilot test new digital innovations for health promotion, chronic care management, and cost containment. These include a number of different innovative strategies such as app-based programs to improve diet and medication management for members with diabetes and increase adherence to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, as well as genomic-based screening tests to diagnose early cancer and target medication therapy. Projects involve working with faculty and the health plan team on design and implementation of pilots, selection of outcome measures and study population, analysis of data collected, and overall program evaluation.

The research activities and funding listed below are automatically derived from NIH ExPORTER and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing items. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.
  1. R01HS024700 (GALBRAITH, ALISON A) Aug 1, 2016 - May 31, 2021
    Decision Making Challenges and Needs for Health Insurance Exchange Enrollees
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. K23HD052742 (GALBRAITH, ALISON A) Jul 1, 2007 - Sep 30, 2012
    Child Health and Family Experience under Health Insurance Cost-Sharing
    Role: Principal Investigator

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  1. Gilkey Phd MB, Cripps LA, Przywara KM, Batista MI, Galbraith AA. Strategies commercially-insured families use to manage the cost of asthma care: a qualitative interview study. J Asthma. 2022 Jan 24; 1-9. PMID: 35037558.
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  2. Sinaiko AD, Gaye M, Wu AC, Bambury E, Zhang F, Xu X, Wharam JF, Galbraith AA. Out-of-Pocket Spending for Asthma-Related Care Among Commercially Insured Patients, 2004-2016. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2021 12; 9(12):4324-4331.e7. PMID: 34481128.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  3. Hero JO, Sinaiko AD, Peltz A, Kingsdale J, Galbraith AA. In New England, Partisan Differences In ACA Marketplace Participation And Potential Financial Harm. Health Aff (Millwood). 2021 09; 40(9):1420-1429. PMID: 34495735.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  4. Galbraith AA, Ross-Degnan D, Zhang F, Wu AC, Sinaiko A, Peltz A, Xu X, Wallace J, Wharam JF. Controller Medication Use and Exacerbations for Children and Adults With Asthma in High-Deductible Health Plans. JAMA Pediatr. 2021 08 01; 175(8):807-816. PMID: 33970186.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Galbraith AA, Ross-Degnan D, Zhang F, Wu AC, Sinaiko A, LeCates RF, Wallace J, Peltz A, Wharam JF. Association of Controller Use and Exacerbations for High-Deductible Plan Enrollees with and without Family Members with Asthma. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2021 07; 18(7):1255-1260. PMID: 33529568.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Sinaiko AD, Hayes M, Kingsdale J, Peltz A, Galbraith AA. Understanding Consumer Experiences and Insurance Outcomes Following Plan Disenrollment in the Nongroup Insurance Market. Med Care Res Rev. 2022 Feb; 79(1):36-45. PMID: 33724071.
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  7. Lee LK, Todd H, Galbraith AA. Children's Coverage Vulnerabilities With Loss of a Parent's Employer-Sponsored Insurance. Pediatrics. 2021 02; 147(2). PMID: 33446507.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Nekui F, Galbraith AA, Briesacher BA, Zhang F, Soumerai SB, Ross-Degnan D, Gurwitz JH, Madden JM. Cost-related Medication Nonadherence and Its Risk Factors Among Medicare Beneficiaries. Med Care. 2021 01; 59(1):13-21. PMID: 33298705.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Wisk LE, Peltz A, Galbraith AA. Changes in Health Care-Related Financial Burden for US Families With Children Associated With the Affordable Care Act. JAMA Pediatr. 2020 11 01; 174(11):1032-1040. PMID: 32986093.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Galbraith AA, Carroll AE. Children's Health Is Too Often Ignored in Elections-Here Is Evidence to Help Change That. JAMA Pediatr. 2020 11 01; 174(11):1026-1028. PMID: 33016986.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Garabedian LF, LeCates R, Galbraith A, Ross-Degnan D, Wharam JF. Costs Are Higher For Marketplace Members Who Enroll During Special Enrollment Periods Compared With Open Enrollment. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 08; 39(8):1354-1361. PMID: 32744945.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Peltz A, Galbraith AA, Rogers S, Walsh R, Garg A. Socioeconomic and Health Characteristics of Families at Risk for Losing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits. JAMA Intern Med. 2020 04 01; 180(4):604-605. PMID: 32150242.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Lee LK, Chien A, Stewart A, Truschel L, Hoffmann J, Portillo E, Pace LE, Clapp M, Galbraith AA. Women's Coverage, Utilization, Affordability, And Health After The ACA: A Review Of The Literature. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 03; 39(3):387-394. PMID: 32119612.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Lee LK, Monuteaux MC, Galbraith AA. Women and Healthcare Affordability After the ACA. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 03; 35(3):959-960. PMID: 31388909.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Gilkey MB, Cripps LA, Gruver RS, Washington DV, Galbraith AA. Preventive drug lists as tools for managing asthma medication costs. Am J Manag Care. 2020 02; 26(2):75-79. PMID: 32059095.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Madden JM, Shetty PS, Zhang F, Briesacher BA, Ross-Degnan D, Soumerai SB, Galbraith AA. Risk Factors Associated With Food Insecurity in the Medicare Population. JAMA Intern Med. 2020 01 01; 180(1):144-147. PMID: 31566656.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Galbraith AA, Carroll AE, Christakis D. JAMA Pediatrics Call for Papers on Election-Year Policies and Children's Health. JAMA Pediatr. 2019 Sep 01; 173(9):813-814. PMID: 31329219.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  18. Lee LK, Monuteaux MC, Galbraith AA. Women's Affordability, Access, and Preventive Care After the Affordable Care Act. Am J Prev Med. 2019 05; 56(5):631-638. PMID: 30905480.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Hero JO, Sinaiko AD, Kingsdale J, Gruver RS, Galbraith AA. Decision-Making Experiences Of Consumers Choosing Individual-Market Health Insurance Plans. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 03; 38(3):464-472. PMID: 30830810.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Galbraith AA, Meyers DJ, Ross-Degnan D, Burns ME, Vialle-Valentin CE, Larochelle MR, Touw S, Zhang F, Rosenthal M, Balaban RB. Long-Term Impact of a Postdischarge Community Health Worker Intervention on Health Care Costs in a Safety-Net System. Health Serv Res. 2017 12; 52(6):2061-2078. PMID: 29130267.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Sinaiko AD, Kingsdale J, Galbraith AA. Consumer Health Insurance Shopping Behavior and Challenges: Lessons From Two State-Based Marketplaces. Med Care Res Rev. 2019 08; 76(4):403-424. PMID: 29148347.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Wisk LE, Finkelstein JA, Toomey SL, Sawicki GS, Schuster MA, Galbraith AA. Impact of an Individual Mandate and Other Health Reforms on Dependent Coverage for Adolescents and Young Adults. Health Serv Res. 2018 06; 53(3):1581-1599. PMID: 28556901.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Balaban RB, Zhang F, Vialle-Valentin CE, Galbraith AA, Burns ME, Larochelle MR, Ross-Degnan D. Impact of a Patient Navigator Program on Hospital-Based and Outpatient Utilization Over 180 Days in a Safety-Net Health System. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Sep; 32(9):981-989. PMID: 28523476.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Galbraith AA, Fung V, Li L, Butler MG, Nordin JD, Hsu J, Smith D, Vollmer WM, Lieu TA, Soumerai SB, Wu AC. Impact of Copayment Changes on Children's Albuterol Inhaler Use and Costs after the Clean Air Act Chlorofluorocarbon Ban. Health Serv Res. 2018 02; 53(1):156-174. PMID: 27868200.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Wu AC, Li L, Fung V, Kharbanda EO, Larkin EK, Butler MG, Galbraith A, Miroshnik I, Davis RL, Horan K, Lieu TA. Mismatching Among Guidelines, Providers, and Parents on Controller Medication Use in Children with Asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2016 Sep-Oct; 4(5):910-6. PMID: 27212379.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Kuhlthau KA, Nipp RD, Shui A, Srichankij S, Kirchhoff AC, Galbraith AA, Park ER. Health insurance coverage, care accessibility and affordability for adult survivors of childhood cancer: a cross-sectional study of a nationally representative database. J Cancer Surviv. 2016 12; 10(6):964-971. PMID: 27072683.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Wisk LE, Finkelstein JA, Sawicki GS, Lakoma M, Toomey SL, Schuster MA, Galbraith AA. Predictors of timing of transfer from pediatric- to adult-focused primary care. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Jun; 169(6):e150951. PMID: 26030515.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Balaban RB, Galbraith AA, Burns ME, Vialle-Valentin CE, Larochelle MR, Ross-Degnan D. A Patient Navigator Intervention to Reduce Hospital Readmissions among High-Risk Safety-Net Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Jul; 30(7):907-15. PMID: 25617166.
    Citations: 38     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Wisk LE, Gangnon R, Vanness DJ, Galbraith AA, Mullahy J, Witt WP. Development of a novel, objective measure of health care-related financial burden for U.S. families with children. Health Serv Res. 2014 Dec; 49(6):1852-74. PMID: 25328073.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Fung V, Graetz I, Galbraith A, Hamity C, Huang J, Vollmer WM, Hsu J, Wu AC. Financial barriers to care among low-income children with asthma: health care reform implications. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Jul; 168(7):649-56. PMID: 24840805.
    Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Burns ME, Galbraith AA, Ross-Degnan D, Balaban RB. Feasibility and evaluation of a pilot community health worker intervention to reduce hospital readmissions. Int J Qual Health Care. 2014 Aug; 26(4):358-65. PMID: 24744082.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Balaban R, Galbraith A, Burns M, Vialle-Valentin C, Friedman E, Ross-Degnan D. C2-1: a randomized controlled trial of a patient navigator intervention to reduce hospital readmissions in a safety net health care system. Clin Med Res. 2013 Sep; 11(3):157-8. PMID: 24085968.
  33. Galbraith AA, Sinaiko AD, Soumerai SB, Ross-Degnan D, Dutta-Linn MM, Lieu TA. Some families who purchased health coverage through the Massachusetts Connector wound up with high financial burdens. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 May; 32(5):974-83. PMID: 23595500.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Sinaiko AD, Ross-Degnan D, Soumerai SB, Lieu T, Galbraith A. The experience of Massachusetts shows that consumers will need help in navigating insurance exchanges. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 Jan; 32(1):78-86. PMID: 23297274.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. Galbraith AA, Soumerai SB, Ross-Degnan D, Rosenthal MB, Gay C, Lieu TA. Delayed and forgone care for families with chronic conditions in high-deductible health plans. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Sep; 27(9):1105-11. PMID: 22249829.
    Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Penfold RB, Kullgren JT, Miroshnik I, Galbraith AA, Hinrichsen VL, Lieu TA. Reliability of a patient survey assessing cost-related changes in health care use among high deductible health plan enrollees. BMC Health Serv Res. 2011 May 27; 11:133. PMID: 21619647.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  37. Galbraith AA, Ross-Degnan D, Soumerai SB, Rosenthal MB, Gay C, Lieu TA. Nearly half of families in high-deductible health plans whose members have chronic conditions face substantial financial burden. Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Feb; 30(2):322-31. PMID: 21289354.
    Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Kullgren JT, Galbraith AA, Hinrichsen VL, Miroshnik I, Penfold RB, Rosenthal MB, Landon BE, Lieu TA. Health care use and decision making among lower-income families in high-deductible health plans. Arch Intern Med. 2010 Nov 22; 170(21):1918-25. PMID: 21098352.
    Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  39. Galbraith AA, Ross-Degnan D, Soumerai SB, Abrams AM, Kleinman K, Rosenthal MB, Wharam JF, Adams AS, Miroshnik I, Lieu TA. Use of well-child visits in high-deductible health plans. Am J Manag Care. 2010 Nov; 16(11):833-40. PMID: 21348554.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  40. Galbraith AA, Smith LA, Bokhour B, Miroshnik IL, Sawicki GS, Glauber JH, Hohman KH, Gay C, Lieu TA. Asthma care quality for children with minority-serving providers. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Jan; 164(1):38-45. PMID: 20048240.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  41. Lieu TA, Solomon JL, Sabin JE, Kullgren JT, Hinrichsen VL, Galbraith AA. Consumer awareness and strategies among families with high-deductible health plans. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Mar; 25(3):249-54. PMID: 20033623.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  42. Galbraith AA, Ross-Degnan D, Soumerai SB, Miroshnik I, Wharam JF, Kleinman K, Lieu TA. High-deductible health plans: are vulnerable families enrolled? Pediatrics. 2009 Apr; 123(4):e589-94. PMID: 19336350.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  43. Smith LA, Bokhour B, Hohman KH, Miroshnik I, Kleinman KP, Cohn E, Cortés DE, Galbraith A, Rand C, Lieu TA. Modifiable risk factors for suboptimal control and controller medication underuse among children with asthma. Pediatrics. 2008 Oct; 122(4):760-9. PMID: 18829799.
    Citations: 43     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  44. Galbraith AA, Semura J, McAninch-Dake B, Anderson N, Christakis DA. Language Disparities and Timely Care for Children in Managed Care Medicaid. Am J Manag Care. 2008; 14(7):417-426.
  45. Galbraith AA, Ross-Degnan D, Soumerai SB, Rosenthal M, Adams A, Wharam JF, Abrams A, Kleinman K, Miroshnik I, Lieu TA. Use of Recommended Well-Child Visits in High-Deductible Health Plans [poster presentation]. AcademyHealth Annual research Meeting. 2008; Washington, D.C..
  46. Wharam JF, Galbraith AA, Kleinman KP, Soumerai SB, Ross-Degnan D, Landon BE. Cancer screening before and after switching to a high-deductible health plan. Ann Intern Med. 2008 May 06; 148(9):647-55. PMID: 18458277.
    Citations: 32     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  47. Sawicki GS, Smith L, Bokhour B, Gay C, Hohman KH, Galbraith AA, Lieu TA. Periodic use of inhaled steroids in children with mild persistent asthma: what are pediatricians recommending? Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2008 Jun; 47(5):446-51. PMID: 18192640.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  48. Wharam JF, Galbraith AA, Kleinman KP, Soumerai SS, Ross-Degnan D, Landon BE. Cancer Screening Among Members of a High-Deductible Health Plan. Ann Intern Med. 2008; 148:647-655.
  49. Galbraith AA, Ross-Degnan D, Soumerai S, Miroshnik I, Wharam F, Lieu TA. Characteristics of Children in High-Deductible Health Plans [platform presentation]. Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. 2007; Toronto, Canada.
  50. Wharam JF, Landon BE, Galbraith AA, Kleinman KP, Soumerai SB, Ross-Degnan D. Emergency department use and subsequent hospitalizations among members of a high-deductible health plan. JAMA. 2007 Mar 14; 297(10):1093-102. PMID: 17356030.
    Citations: 58     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  51. Lansky A, Barfield WD, Marchi KS, Egerter SA, Galbraith AA, Braveman PA. Early postnatal care among healthy newborns in 19 States: pregnancy risk assessment monitoring system, 2000. Matern Child Health J. 2006 May; 10(3):277-84. PMID: 16382330.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  52. Galbraith AA, Wong ST, Kim SE, Newacheck PW. Out-of-pocket financial burden for low-income families with children: socioeconomic disparities and effects of insurance. Health Serv Res. 2005 Dec; 40(6 Pt 1):1722-36. PMID: 16336545.
    Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  53. Galbraith AA, Grossman DC, Koepsell TD, Heagerty PJ, Christakis DA. Medicaid acceptance and availability of timely follow-up for newborns with Medicaid. Pediatrics. 2005 Nov; 116(5):1148-54. PMID: 16264002.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  54. Wong ST, Galbraith A, Kim S, Newacheck PW. Disparities in the financial burden of children's healthcare expenditures. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005 Nov; 159(11):1008-13. PMID: 16275788.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  55. Galbraith AA, Semura J, McAninch-Dake B, Anderson N, Christakis DA. Emergency department use and perceived delay in accessing illness care among children with Medicaid. Ambul Pediatr. 2004 Nov-Dec; 4(6):509-13. PMID: 15548103.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  56. Newacheck PW, Wong ST, Galbraith AA, Hung YY. Adolescent health care expenditures: a descriptive profile. J Adolesc Health. 2003 Jun; 32(6 Suppl):3-11. PMID: 12782440.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  57. Galbraith AA, Egerter SA, Marchi KS, Chavez G, Braveman PA. Newborn early discharge revisited: are California newborns receiving recommended postnatal services? Pediatrics. 2003 Feb; 111(2):364-71. PMID: 12563065.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  58. Galbraith A. Commentary: Routine home visits may not be needed for postpartum care in low-risk cases. Evidence-based Healthcare. 2003; 7:183-4.
  59. Hung Y, Galbraith A, Crain L, Wong S, Newacheck P. Health insurance of children and youth. In: Wallace H, editor. Health and Welfare for Families in the 21st Century. 2003; 245-58.
  60. Taeusch W, Galbraith A. Caring for San Francisco’s children. San Francisco Chronicle. 2001; A19.
  61. Galbraith AA, Stevens J, Klein JD. Health care access and utilization among pregnant adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 1997 Oct; 21(4):253-8. PMID: 9304457.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  62. Bero LA, Galbraith A, Rennie D. Sponsored symposia on environmental tobacco smoke. JAMA. 1994 Feb 23; 271(8):612-7. PMID: 8301794.
    Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsPHPublic Health
  63. Bero LA, Galbraith A, Rennie D. The publication of sponsored symposiums in medical journals. N Engl J Med. 1992 Oct 15; 327(16):1135-40. PMID: 1528209.
    Citations: 26     Fields:    
  64. Sehgal A, Galbraith A, Chesney M, Schoenfeld P, Charles G, Lo B. How strictly do dialysis patients want their advance directives followed? JAMA. 1992 Jan 01; 267(1):59-63. PMID: 1489360.
    Citations: 53     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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